Frantz Fanon was a French psychiatrist turned Algerianrevolutionary of Martinican origin, and one of the most importantand controversial thinkers of the postwar period. A veritable"intellect on fire," Fanon was a radical thinker with originaltheories on race, revolution, violence, identity and agency.This book is an excellent introduction to the ideas and legacy ofFanon. Gibson explores him as a truly complex character in thecontext of his time and beyond. He argues that for Fanon, theoryhas a practical task to help change the world. Thus Fanon's "untidydialectic," Gibson contends, is a philosophy of liberation thatincludes cultural and historical issues and visions of a futuresociety. In a profoundly political sense, Gibson asks us toreevaluate Fanon's contribution as a critic of modernity andreassess in a new light notions of consciousness, humanism, andsocial change.This is a fascinating study that will interest undergraduates andabove in postcolonial studies, literary theory, cultural studies,sociology, politics, and social and political theory, as well asgeneral readers.