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The Wretched of the Earth Paperback – March 12, 2005
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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
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Fanon describes the conditions that emerge to allow for a war of liberation to take a foothold, the wave of repression unleashed
by the occupying army to put down the rebellions, and most interestingly - because it is what has taken place ever since - the prospects of continued exploitation by the established relationship between the new "revolutionary" bourgeoisie and the former colonizer country after the nationalist struggle and pressure at home had forced its withdrawal.
Fanon gives psychologycal analyses to testimonies given by his Algerians and French patients during the war period, and who had been affected directly or otherwise by the war. Cases involving French soldiers and police's torture, selective asassinations, surviving a mass killing, and gang rapes of rebels' wives by the French are some of which Fanon describes with chilling detail in the appendix.
"The Wretched of the Earth" remains an invaluable document that testify to the often overlooked argument made by numerous armed movements of the 1960s as revolutions broke out throughout the ex-colonized World.
While Fanon tracks the stages in the evolution of a radical anti-capitalist consciousness in the underdeveloped world, there is no question of his endorsing or advocating violence. One has only to read the final chapter on the psychological effects on both the colonizer and the colonized to see that Fanon is acutely aware of the brutality for all concerned of the Algerian War, even or, indeed, especially, for the oppressors themselves. There is certainly no question of his endorsing the indiscriminate horrors committed that were committed by the FLN against their oppressors.
The other thing, of course, that the petulant, anti-intellectual, ahistorical reactionaries who have shared their opinions here conveniently ignore is the violence inherent in the settler colonialism Fanon was addressing.Read more ›
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Frantz Fanon was an unparralled political critic. The Wretched of the Earth is essential even today to understand how our world works and how the west attempts to dominated the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Hubbard
This is my first reading of both this text and Fanon in general.In reading this book I am beginnjng to get a grasp on just how pernicious colonialism was then and the stranglehold... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Richardson
Historical writings of Fanon, kind of hand in hand with Sartre, a requirement to understand the social upheavals of the 50's and 60's, which led to the Paris riots and all that... Read morePublished 3 months ago by George T. Jacoby
In all honesty, prior to going into this book, I didn't have a very good view of colonialism and how it works, nor did I have a very good idea on its inherent contradictions. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Noah Rogers
Typical early postwar left-wing anti-imperialist bulls***t.Published 4 months ago by Andrei Moskowitz
On p. 37, Frantz Fanon writes “(y)ou do not turn any society, however primitive it may be, upside down with such a program (i.e. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. Russell Bittner