Revolutionary Palestinian Prisoner Novel Reaches English Audience

by 1804 Books

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When a human being is fighting for his life, as he sees it, with a deeply rooted determination and conviction in the justice and legitimacy of the cause for which he is fighting, he is transformed into a distinct being in his strength and in his conduct.”


On the occasion of Palestinian Prisoners’ Day, the Palestinian Youth Movement’s (PYM) Popular University Committee is thrilled to announce the English translation and publication of Wissam Rafeedie’s The Trinity of Fundamentals. Written in 1993 during Rafeedie’s time in Zionist prison and confiscated by prison guards, the novel was smuggled out by Wisam’s comrades, and soon after became a significant text for the Palestinian prisoner’s movement.

The Trinity of Fundamentals follows the story of 22-year-old Kan’an during his nine years of hiding from the occupation between 1982 and 1991. Driven by an unshakable commitment to the Palestinian cause, Kan’an takes the reader through his compelling journey filled with sacrifice and struggle, love and pain, isolation and liberation. All the while, major political and historical transformations unfold across international, regional and local contexts, including the First Intifada. Throughout all this, Kan’an maintains a spirit of revolutionary optimism so strong that the reader is bound to be transformed. It is all the more moving to know that Kan’an’s story is inspired by the real life experience of Rafeedie as he organized and struggled against the Zionist oppression of his people.

Love, revolution, and life—these are the “Trinity of Fundamentals'' that pave Kan’an’s path of struggle. Although the novel is set in the past, it holds many lessons that resonate with our current political moment, mobilizing us into collective action.

Liberated from Zionist prisons, The Trinity of Fundamentals’ physical journey expands to English-language readers globally so that all those in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle can experience Palestine’s national literature and take inspiration from its steadfast tradition of resisting Zionist oppression. It will be published by the socialist press, 1804 Books, in the second half of 2023.

A hybrid launch event will be hosted by the PYM’s New York City chapter on May 6th at the People’s Forum from 1-3pm ET. For more information, contact


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