Men in the Sun, the first novel by Ghassan Kanafani into Malayalam by V R Santhosh. 'Poriveyilile Manushyar' follows three Palestinian refugees seeking to travel from the refugee camps in Lebanon, where they cannot find work, to Kuwait where they hope to find work as laborers in the oil boom. The three men each arrange with a clerk at a local store to be smuggled to Kuwait by a driver. The men are treated gruffly and are humiliated by the process. Once they finally arrange for travel, they are forced to ride in the back of the truck across the desert on their way to Kuwait. At several check points, the men hide in a large, empty, water tank in the stifling mid-day heat as the driver arranges paperwork to get through. After going through the last check point, within easy driving distance of the travelers' ultimate goal of Kuwait, the driver opens the tank to let the men out only to find they have died.
Men in the Sun has been translated into many languages. Its description of the hardships and insecurity of Palestinian refugee life, and its political and psychological subtext (subtly criticizing corruption, political passivity and defeatism within Arab and Palestinian society) had an impact on the Arab cultural and political debate of the time; it also uses modernist narrative structures and storytelling methods. Ghassan Kanafani, a leading member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was assassinated by car bomb in Beirut, allegedly by the Mossad.
Malayalam Title: പൊരിവെയിലിലെ മനുഷ്യൻ
Size: Demy 1/8
Edition: 2012 April
- Publisher: Papyrus Books
- Category: Malayalam Novel
- Availability: In Stock