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Ghassan Kanafani (غسان كنفاني)

Little Lantern


  • Dedicated to Lamis

    Ghassan Kanafani, whose vision and writings inspired thousands to create and dream, wrote and illustrated this first children's novel for his niece Lamis, who he adored, for one of her birthdays. He was assassinated in Beirut in 1972, which killed his niece as well.

    The Little Lantern is a story about a king who dies, leaving his only daughter and heiress to the throne. He leaves his will with the wise man in the castle, which instructs his daughter that in order to become the queen of the kingdom, she has to bring the sun into the castle before the candle melts. The princess, being young, thought that she would be able to catch the sun and carry it on her back to the castle. She tries many ways, but to no avail. She later locks herself in her room, and on the eighth day, finds a note under her door, saying that by locking herself in, she will never find a solution. Find out how this young princess "brings the sun into the castle".

  • 170 x 240 mm

    76 pages incl. color illustrations, with text in both English & Arabic
    Ghassan Kanafani Cultural Foundation, 2005
    Language: English/Arabic
    ISBN: 978 9953 004 11 2

  • This book was published before, but not in this way." said Anni Kanafani (wife of the late Ghassan Kanafani) - THE DAILY STAR

    “Kanafani was the first of the Palestinian political writers, and some of the many books and short stories that he wrote have been published in Hebrew as well…” - HAARETZ


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