Banipal Book Club

Banipal Book Club: The popular book club returns and will be discussing the novella and film adaptation of 'Men in the Sun' by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani. Kanafani’s novella, first published in Arabic in 1962 and subsequently translated into many languages, tells of the Palestinian experience following the creation of Israel through the stories of four men. Abu Qais, Assad and Marwan are trying to reach Kuwait in the hope of finding work and improving their families’ impoverished situation. Abul Khaizuran, a fellow Palestinian, offers (for a fee) to smuggle them across the border in the tank of the water truck he drives for a rich Kuwaiti. The film based on the novella, 'Al-Makhdu’un' (variously translated as 'The Dupes or The Deceived'), was first shown at a film festival in Syria 1972. Taking place as part of the wider collaboration between the Banipal Magazine Issue 62 and the SAFAR Film Festival 2018, the book club is on 6 September, 2018 at the Arab British Centre, 1 Gough Square, London, EC4A 3DE. This is free to attend but you must RSVP in advance via the link below.