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Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was a Martinique-born black psychiatrist and anticolonialist intellectual; The Wretched of the Earth is considered by many to be one of the canonical books on the worldwide black liberation struggles of the 1960s. Within a Marxist framework, using a cutting and nonsentimental writing style, Fanon draws upon his horrific experiences working in Algeria during its war of independence against France. He addresses the role of violence in decolonization and the challenges of political organization and the class collisions and questions of cultural hegemony in the creation and maintenance of a new country's national consciousness. As Fanon eloquently writes, "[T]he unpreparedness of the educated classes, the lack of practical links between them and the mass of the people, their laziness, and, let it be said, their cowardice at the decisive moment of the struggle will give rise to tragic mishaps."
Although socialism has seemingly collapsed in the years since Fanon's work was first published, there is much in his look into the political, racial, and social psyche of the ever-emerging Third World that still rings true at the cusp of a new century. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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 revolutionand by analogy other contemporary revolutionsfrom 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"" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Fanon asserts that violence is necessary for colonized and opressed people to achieve liberation. Have none of the readers of this book ever heard of Gandhi or Martin Luther King? Read morePublished on April 29 2003
Most powerful and relevant book on the earth - read it, re read it and recommend it. It will change your outlook on the African continent or help you to see something not studied... Read morePublished on March 12 2003
A great backdrop for a perspective on colonialism. This book in some cases can be applied to many cultural issues today.Published on Oct. 19 2002 by Clare Webb
I pulled the title of my review from page 130, which states, "This lumpenproletariat is like a horde of rats; you may kick them and throw stones at them, but despite your best... Read morePublished on May 2 2002 by JB
I read this book after finding it on the Rage Against the Machine reading list, and continue to find new depth and relevancy to it even after 5 readings. Read morePublished on April 9 2002 by Michael Hutchinson
Frantz Fanon dropped a gem when he wrote this book. It deals specifically with what he saw while living in Africa, a case of the native and the colonizer. Read morePublished on Nov. 18 2001 by C. Carter
Reading this amazing book in 2001, the first fact that blew my mind was how relevant this book is in today's world, even though it was written in 1961. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2001 by nadav haber
Fannon's Wretched of the Earth is an interesting look at the relationship between a colonized country and it's colonizer. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2001 by arye orona