A great, but small, collection of short stories reflecting on the struggle of the Palestinian people through the partition and the creation of the state of Israel. The works in themselves are not political, but show the hardships and the struggle in a harsh land. The people are beat but not beaten. There is still a pride and memory of a greater past. Kanafani presents a look at a culture that is often misunderstood or misrepresented in American culture.
Kanafani played a role in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was described as ‘the commando who never fired a gun’ His work and personal non-violence in conflict put him in the same league as Albert Camus. Kanafani and his niece were killed in a car bomb explosion on July 8, 1972. The assassination was widely believed to be a retaliation for the Lod airport massacre a few days prior.