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This powerful collection of articles, essays, and letters spans the period between Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), Fanon’s landmark manifesto on the psychology of the colonized and the means of empowerment necessary for their liberation. These pieces display the genesis of some of Fanon’s greatest ideas — ideas that became so vital to t ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published January 11th 1994 by Grove Press (first published 1964)
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Sunny
May 18, 2016 Sunny rated it it was amazing
Another one of those game changing books you come across occasionally. Fanon writes and comes across as he is speaking with unbelievable clarity. He makes such draconian statements against the colonising countries (in this example it’s the French) with such acuity and logic that you can do nothing much else but agree, not necessarily to his logic, but to the way he says it. It reminded me of the example of Charles Darwin who while certainly not the first to come up with the theory of evolution, ...more
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يبدوا هذالكتاب في هذه اللحظات العصيبة التي يمر بها عالم المشرق العربي كالوحي الذي يهمس و يبعث الحياة في قلوب الثوار والناشطين. لم يكون فانون قائدا ثوريا فهو ليس بجيفارا ولا جمال عبد الناصر, لقد كان ناشطا لم يتمكن من السكوت على الظلم, فتحدث فكانت عينه ثاقبة و كلماته التي وضع روحه فيهاالباعث و المرشد لي ثورة جديدةو ولملاين من "فانون" لم يعودوا يحتملون الصمت.
علمني فنون أن اقدم كل مالدي لما أومن به, حتى وأن كنت لا املك إلا القليل...في مؤلفاته, التي اصبحت فيما بعد مرجع لكثير من الدراسات اللتي تعتبر ب
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An interesting collection of Fanon's thoughts and political writings.
Hanan Alzu'bi
Jul 29, 2012 Hanan Alzu'bi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
يختلف عن بقية كتابات فانون كونه تجميع لمقالات على فترات مختلفة في موضوع الاستعمار الفرنسي الجزائري + المغربي.. فهو من ناحية توثيقي يعرّفك بشكل أكبر بجبهة التحرير الوطني، ومن ناحية أخرى تشخيصي يفضح الاستعمار.ويؤكد كيفية صمود شعوب المغرب العربي بشكل عام والجزائري بشكل خاص.
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زمن الأحلام النرجسية بتوحيد المستعمَرين في العالم ــ تغطي نصوص فرانز فانون السياسية المنشورة في هذا الكتاب <لأجل الثورة الافريقية> الحقبة الأكثر نشاطا في حياته النضالية، منذ نشر كتابه بشرة <سوداء وأقنعة بيضاء> في العام ,1952 حين كان فانون في الثامنة والعشرين من عمره، وصولا الى تاريخ نشر كتابه الأشهر <معذبو الأرض> في عام ,1961 والذي تزامن صدوره مع تاريخ وفاته بفارق أيام معدودة. وتعيد هذه النصوص رسم طريق تسلكه أفكار فانون المتعلقة بظاهرة الاستعمار التي لا بد من تطويرها اليوم بشكل ...more
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A strong collection of letters and journalistic prose from the front lines of the Algerian Wars of Liberation.
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Just re-read this last year; and, it just dropped my jaw and made me feel so good, when I was sick and had it bad!
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Frantz Fanon was a psychiatrist, philosopher, revolutionary, and author from Martinique. He was influential in the field of post-colonial studies and was perhaps the pre-eminent thinker of the 20th century on the issue of decolonization and the psychopathology of colonization. His works have inspired anti-colonial liberation movements for more than four decades.

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“Having judged, condemned, abandoned his cultural forms, his language, his food habits, his sexual behavior, his way of sitting down, of resting, of laughing, of enjoying himself, the oppressed flings himself upon the imposed culture with the desperation of a drowning man.
Developing his technical knowledge in contact with more and more perfected machines, entering into the dynamic circuit of industrial production, meeting men from remote regions in the framework of the concentration of capital, that is to say, on the job, discovering the assembly line, the team, production �time,� in other words yield per hour, the oppressed is shocked to find that he continues to be the object of racism and contempt.

It is at this level that racism is treated as a question of persons.

�There are a few hopeless racists, but you must admit that on the whole the population likes….�

�With time all this will disappear.�

�This is the country where there is the least amount of race prejudice.�

�At the United Nations there is a commission to fight race prejudice.�

Films on race prejudice, poems on race prejudice, messages on race prejudice.

Spectacular and futile condemnations of race prejudice. In reality, a colonial country is a racist country. If in England, in Belgium, or in France, despite the democratic principles affirmed by these respective nations, there are still racists, it is these racists who, in their opposition to the country as a whole, are logically consistent.

It is not possible to enslave men without logically making them inferior through and through. And racism is only the emotional, affective, sometimes intellectual explanation of this inferiorization.

The racist in a culture with racism is therefore normal. He has achieved a perfect harmony of economic relations and ideology. The idea that one forms of man, to be sure, is never totally dependent on economic relations, in other words—and this must not be forgotten—on relations existing historically and geographically among men and groups. An ever greater number of members belonging to racist societies are taking a position. They are dedicating themselves to a world in which racism would be impossible. But everyone is not up to this kind of objectivity, this abstraction, this solemn commitment. One cannot with impunity require of a man that he be against �the prejudices of his group.�

And, we repeat, every colonialist group is racist.

�Acculturized� and deculturized at one and the same time, the oppressed continues to come up against racism. He finds this sequel illogical, what be has left behind him inexplicable, without motive, incorrect. His knowledge, the appropriation of precise and complicated techniques, sometimes his intellectual superiority as compared to a great number of racists, lead him to qualify the racist world as passion-charged. He perceives that the racist atmosphere impregnates all the elements of the social life. The sense of an overwhelming injustice is correspondingly very strong. Forgetting racism as a consequence, one concentrates on racism as cause. Campaigns of deintoxication are launched. Appeal is made to the sense of humanity, to love, to respect for the supreme values.”
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“It is at this level that racism is treated as a question of persons.

�There are a few hopeless racists, but you must admit that on the whole the population likes....�

�With time all this will disappear.�

�This is the country where there is the least amount of race prejudice.�

�At the United Nations there is a commission to fight race prejudice.�

Films on race prejudice, poems on race prejudice, messages on race prejudice.

Spectacular and futile condemnations of race prejudice. In reality, a colonial country is a racist country. If in England, in Belgium, or in France, despite the democratic principles affirmed by these respective nations, there are still racists, it is these racists who, in their opposition to the country as a whole, are logically consistent.”
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