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Black Skin White Masks by Frantz Fanon
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Jul 25, 2010

really liked it

This is excellent, though (as with his other works) the misogyny and homophobia are offensive and should not be allowed off the hook. Fanon wrote this while he lived in France (it was his doctoral dissertation when he studied psychology at Lyon), and the rhetorical mode strikes me as very "French." By this, I mean above all that he is constantly using irony and sarcasm and enacting dialectics in the first person; you have to tread carefully to know when he is speaking "straight up" and when he is ventriloquizing discourses he wants to critique. That and his subtle wit (also v French!) mean that you have to be prepared to stop and think. Be sure to get the Philcox translation.
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