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A distinguished psychiatrist from Martinique who took part in the Algerian Nationalist Movement, Frantz Fanon was one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history. Fanon’s masterwork is a classic alongside Edward Said’s Orientalism or The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and it is now available in a new translation that updates its language for a new generation of readers. The Wretched of the Earth is a brilliant analysis of the psychology of the colonized and their path to liberation. Bearing singular insight into the rage and frustration of colonized peoples, and the role of violence in effecting historical change, the book incisively attacks the twin perils of postindependence colonial politics: the disenfranchisement of the masses by the elites on the one hand, and intertribal and interfaith animosities on the other. Fanon’s analysis, a veritable handbook of social reorganization for leaders of emerging nations, has been reflected all too clearly in the corruption and violence that has plagued present-day Africa. The Wretched of the Earth has had a major impact on civil rights, anticolonialism, and black consciousness movements around the world, and this bold new translation by Richard Philcox reaffirms it as a landmark.

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ISBN-13: 9780802141323
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 05/10/2004
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 48,560
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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The Wretched of the Earth 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I strongly disagree with the previous reviewer. Fanon's work is an essential analysis to understanding the devastating effects of colonialism, and how colonialism and imperialism work. Anything can be taken and turned to evil -- witness the terrible destruction of certain world religions in the past and present!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Being a member of the presently colonialized and black in America, Fanon took me from the level 'complaining complacency' to researching that it's only a 10-day waiting period to purchase a licensed firearm in California. Yea I know, this book is that good, strong and thought provoking! BUT WAIT!!! DON'T LET MY RANTS DISCOURAGE YOU FROM PURCHASING THIS CLASSIC!!! Read this book that changed & influenced so many people's lives!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives insight on colonization and takeovers. The art of war from a oppressed mind.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With regards to the previous reviewers comments anyone can take an authors point of view and use it towards 'evil means'. Nietzhe and the Nazis, the bible and the bully pulpit etc. Your confusing the messengers i.e. Khmer Rouge who frequently mistranslate the message,the actors who implement their interpretation of the message and the message itself.
Hanuman2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An important part of my intellectual history.
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Veryhighstandards More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews to see if i should buy this book. The only one that provided any kind of roadmap to a decision was the one titled "Social Justice..". All the others were debates. So thanks for the review, "Social Justice..". I think I'll read the book.
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There will always be a professor of evil. Someone has said there is nothing so violent, so vulgar, so evil that somewhere you cannot find an intellectal who will justify it. The Cambodian rulers who slaughtered over a million innocents in the 'Killing Fields' were in fact stuents at French universities in the fifties and disciples of Fanon. Gandhi's approach has led to a relatively stable and prosperous India. Fanon's has led to nothing but bloodshed and horror.