An editorial illustration for the 'figuurlijk' segment of Belgium's dutch newspaper De Standaard, in which a novel is reviewed each week. An illustrated fragment of the book 'Men in the Sun' by Palestinian author Ghassan Kanafani.
An excerpt from the book:
"...the truck – a small, dark world in itself – made its way through the desert, like a heavy drop of oil on a glowing plate. The sun was high above our heads: round, blazing and dazzling. No one bothered to wipe their sweat anymore."
In the book, three Palestinian refugees set to travel from Basra to Kuwait, where they seek employment. They are each from different generations and are motivated by different reasons. The men are smuggled by a lorry driver, another Palestinian who drives a water tanker to Kuwait. At several checkpoints, the men are forced to hide in the large, empty water tank. Outside of the checkpoints, they sit on top of the tanker, to bare the immense heat of the sun in the desert.
Below are the sketch and alternate sketches for two other fragments of the book.
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