The Wretched of the Earth

The Wretched of the Earth

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by Frantz Fanon
     
 

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Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century’s most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation.

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Frantz Fanon was one of the twentieth century’s most important theorists of revolution, colonialism, and racial difference, and this, his masterwork, is a classic alongside Orientalism and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
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 of colonized peoples and the role of violence in historical change, the book also incisively attacks postindependence disenfranchisement of the masses by the elite on one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. A veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black-consciousness movements around the world. This new translation updates its language for a new generation of readers and its lessons are more vital now than ever.

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Sacred Fire
Frantz Fanon's influence on the thinking of the proponents of black power has been enormous. One finds references to his ideas in the works of authors such as Maulana Karenga, James H. Cone, and James Forman. An explanation for this can be found in the timeliness of his seminal work, The Wretched of the Earth.

      According to William L. Van Deburg,

... the ideological underpinnings of the Black Power movement owed a great deal to the conceptualizations of Frantz Fanon, a black psychiatrist from Martinique who had joined a career as physician/scholar with that of a political militant in service of the Algerian revolution. Fanon, whose work, The Wretched of the Earth was published (just before his death) provided black American activists with a compelling analysis of the consciousness and situation of "colonized" peoples everywhere. Chief among his teachings was that violence in support of political and cultural liberation was a positive force, one that was both psychologically empowering and tactically sound. Forceful opposition to an oppressive regime was said to reaffirm the humanity of the oppressed, allowing them to "experience themselves as men."
Armed with this wisdom, mid-sixties activist intellectuals began to speak of African America as an internal colony at war with the forces of cultural degradation and assimilation. By adopting variants of Fanon's concepts, rank-and-file Black Power militants were able to identify with the colonized of the Third World even as they affirmed the notion that violent acts could lead to both mental catharsis and meaningful political change.
From the Publisher
“The writing of Malcolm X or Eldridge Cleaver or Amiri Baraka or the Black Panther leaders reveals how profoundly they have been moved by the thoughts of Frantz Fanon. —The Boston Globe

“Have the courage to read this book.”—Jean-Paul Sartre

“This century’s most compelling theorist of racism and colonialism.” –Angela Davis

“The value of The Wretched of the Earth [lies] in its relation to direct experience, in the perspective of the Algerian revolution. . . . Fanon forces his readers to see the Algerian revolution—and by analogy other contemporary revolutions—from the viewpoint of the rebels.”—Conor Cruise O’Brien, Nation

“The Wretched of the Earth is an explosion.”—Emile Capouya, Saturday Review

“This is not so much a book as a rock thrown through the window of the West. It is the Communist Manifesto or the Mein Kampf of the anticolonial revolution, and as such it is highly important for any Western reader who wants to understand the emotional force behind that revolution.”—Time

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802198853
Publisher:
Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
144,031
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Frantz Fanon was born in Martinique in 1925 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 this century's most important theorist of the African struggle for independence. The Wretched of the Earth, his most internationally acclaimed book, has been translated into over twenty-five languages.
Junot Diaz is the author of the critically acclaimed collection of stories Drown.
Jean-Paul Sartre, the existential philosopher, was one of the early champions of Fanon's work and contributed this introduction to the original edition.
Richard Philcox, the translator, has translated many novels by the Caribbean writer Maryse Conde.

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The Wretched of the Earth 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly disagree with the previous reviewer. Fanon's work is an essential analysis to understanding the devastating effects of colonialism, and how colonialism and imperialism work. Anything can be taken and turned to evil -- witness the terrible destruction of certain world religions in the past and present!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives insight on colonization and takeovers. The art of war from a oppressed mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With regards to the previous reviewers comments anyone can take an authors point of view and use it towards 'evil means'. Nietzhe and the Nazis, the bible and the bully pulpit etc. Your confusing the messengers i.e. Khmer Rouge who frequently mistranslate the message,the actors who implement their interpretation of the message and the message itself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a member of the presently colonialized and black in America, Fanon took me from the level 'complaining complacency' to researching that it's only a 10-day waiting period to purchase a licensed firearm in California. Yea I know, this book is that good, strong and thought provoking! BUT WAIT!!! DON'T LET MY RANTS DISCOURAGE YOU FROM PURCHASING THIS CLASSIC!!! Read this book that changed & influenced so many people's lives!
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Veryhighstandards More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews to see if i should buy this book. The only one that provided any kind of roadmap to a decision was the one titled "Social Justice..". All the others were debates. So thanks for the review, "Social Justice..". I think I'll read the book.
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There will always be a professor of evil. Someone has said there is nothing so violent, so vulgar, so evil that somewhere you cannot find an intellectal who will justify it. The Cambodian rulers who slaughtered over a million innocents in the 'Killing Fields' were in fact stuents at French universities in the fifties and disciples of Fanon. Gandhi's approach has led to a relatively stable and prosperous India. Fanon's has led to nothing but bloodshed and horror.