Overview


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 ...
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The Wretched of the Earth

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Overview


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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802198853
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 174,280
  • File size: 3 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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Table of Contents

Foreword : framing Fanon
Preface
I On violence 1
II Grandeur and weakness of spontaneity 63
III The trials and tribulations of national consciousness 97
IV On national culture 145
V Colonial war and mental disorders 181
On retranslating Fanon, retrieving a lost voice 241
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2007

    Social justice is not evil

    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!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2008

    GET YOUR GUN!! FANON IS HERE!!!

    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!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2012

    Breathtaking

    This book gives insight on colonization and takeovers. The art of war from a oppressed mind.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2008

    Franz stickin' it to the man

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2007

    Professor of Evil

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2012

    VALLEY

    A deep valley.

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  • Posted January 3, 2011

    A Review of the "read" is what's important.

    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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