The Wretched of the Earth

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A distinguished psychiatrist from Martinique who took part in the Algerian Nationalist Movement, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history. Fanon’s masterwork is a classic alongside Edward Said’s Orientalism or The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers. The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of postindependence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. Fanon’s analysis, a veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, has been reflected all too clearly in the corruption and violence that has plagued present-day Africa. The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black consciousness movements around the world, and this bold new translation by Richard Philcox reaffirms it as a landmark.

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3 comments on “The Wretched of the Earth”

  1. A truly enlightening take on the subject of colonialism, oppression and revolution The interesting thing about Canon and this book is that, the tone sounds all too familiar and yet is unique at the same time. Instead of being just one long diatribe about the ills of colonialism, this book goes in-depth into the psychology of the colonized. Even more remarkable is his piercing, undeniably accurate perspective of the mindset of the leaders of the newly independent countries of Africa. While, as the translator even alluded to in his commentary, many of his views particularly on...

  2. Not Light Reading Historical writings of Fanon, kind of hand in hand with Sartre, a requirement to understand the social upheavals of the 50's and 60's, which led to the Paris riots and all that followed. Not light reading, but certainly required of historians of colonialism, wars of liberation, and all that.

  3. I'll be re-reading this soon This is my first reading of both this text and Fanon in general.In reading this book I am beginnjng to get a grasp on just how pernicious colonialism was then and the stranglehold it still has on black folks around the world

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