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Frantz Fanon: A Biography

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Born in Martinique, then as now a departement of France, Frantz Fanon (l925-61) trained as a psychiatrist in Lyons before taking up a post in colonial Algeria. He had already experienced racism as a soldier in the Free French Army, for which he had volunteered and in whose ranks he saw combat during the liberation of France. In Algeria, he came into contact with the Front ...more
Paperback, 656 pages
Published June 1st 2002 by Picador (first published 2001)
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Mar 16, 2008 Naeem rated it it was amazing
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I came to this one because of the C.L.R. James biography C. L. R. James: cricket's philosopher king. Macey's biography of Fanon is cited there. Also, the James biography was so good that I thought I would give the genre another try.

For a 500 page tome, Macey's books goes by very quickly. I must say I have never read anything like it. First, I cannot imagine knowing as much about a person's life as Macey seems to know: he seems to have visited every place that Fanon lived: cities and towns in M
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Jan 16, 2015 Sara Salem rated it it was amazing
One of the most fascinating biographies I have ever read. Macey goes into so much detail that you feel like you're living Fanon's life with him (although at times it gets a bit boring because of some unnecessary details). Macey is obviously well-versed in postcolonialism, Marxism and race studies, and knows Algeria, France and Martinique very well. The best thing is perhaps that he does not romanticize Fanon and indeed offers some important critiques.
Jan 23, 2015 Leif rated it it was amazing
This is perhaps one of the most thoroughly research books I've ever read: scrupulously detailed, impeccably reasoned, fluent in every necessary discourse, and with a real gift for narrative and tact. Macey does Fanon – and us – an incredible service with this biography. Absolutely required reading, if only for its uncanny precision in a moment of historical chaos and in the service of an often (and unjustly) marginalized or radically distorted thinker. I cannot say enough good things about this ...more
Jul 06, 2013 Gabriel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Awesome biography about one of the most revolutionary thinkers on anti-colonialist theory.
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Got through some of it. Macey charts Fanon's life in exhaustive detail, with impressive research.
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I'm amazed a mainstream publisher funded such a thorough study of a radical thinker.
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“Given Fanon’s subsequent traumatic encounter with the white gaze (‘Look, maman, a negro’), it is ironic that it was he and Manville who gazed at the children and could not take their eyes off them. They had never seen a girl with truly red hair, or such a blond boy, and they were fascinated.” 0 likes
“Fanon had learned that freedom was not indivisible. He was a black soldier in a white man’s army. Writing to his mother that same month, Fanon tried to hide his true feelings, and spoke longingly of the punch and blaff he was looking forward to when he got back to Martinique, but another letter written to both his parents on 12 April 1945 tells a different story: Today, 12 April. It is a year since I left Fort-de-France. Why? To defend an obsolete ideal. I don’t think I’ll make it this time. During all the scraps I’ve been in, I’ve been anxious to get back to you, and I’ve been lucky. But today, I’m wondering whether I might not soon have to face the ordeal. I’ve lost confidence in everything, even myself. If I don’t come back, and if one day you should learn that I died facing the enemy, console each other, but never say: he died for the good cause. Say: God called him back to him. This false ideology that shields the secularists and the idiot politicians must not delude us any longer. I was wrong!” 0 likes
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