Synopses & Reviews
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. Fanons masterwork is a classic alongside Edward Saids 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. Fanons 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.
About the Author
Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was born in Martinique and studied medicine in France, specializing in psychiatry. Sent to a hospital in Algeria, he found his sympathies turning toward the Algerian Nationalist movement, which he later joined. He is considered one of the most important theorists of the African struggle for independence.
Richard Philcox is the distinguished translator of many works by Caribbean writer Maryse Conde.
Table of Contents
Foreword: Faming Fanon / by Homi K. Bhabha -- Preface / by Jean-Paul Sartre -- On violence ; On violence in the international context -- Grandeur and weakness of spontaneity -- The trials and tribulations of national consciousness -- On national culture ; Mutual foundations for natural culture and liberation struggles -- Colonial war and mental disorders ; Series A ; Series B ; Series C ; Series D ; From the North African's criminal ; Impulsiveness to the war of national liberation -- Conclusion -- On retranslating Fanon, retrieving a lost voice.