Frantz Fanon: A Biography

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Verso Books, Nov 13, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 672 pages
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Born in Martinique, Frantz Fanon (1925–61) trained as a psychiatrist in Lyon before taking up a post in colonial Algeria. He had already experienced racism as a volunteer in the Free French Army, in which he saw combat at the end of the Second World War. In Algeria, Fanon came into contact with the Front de Libération Nationale, whose ruthless struggle for independence was met with exceptional violence from the French forces. He identified closely with the liberation movement, and his political sympathies eventually forced him out the country, whereupon he became a propagandist and ambassador for the FLN, as well as a seminal anticolonial theorist.

David Macey’s eloquent life of Fanon provides a comprehensive account of a complex individual’s personal, intellectual and political development. It is also a richly detailed depiction of postwar French culture. Fanon is revealed as a flawed and passionate humanist deeply committed to eradicating colonialism.

Now updated with new historical material, Frantz Fanon remains the definitive biography of a truly revolutionary thinker.
 

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Contents

Forgetting Fanon Remembering Fanon
1
Native
31
An Tan Robè
71
Dr Frantz Fanon
110
Black Skin White Masks
152
In Algerias Capital of Madness
197
The Explosion
239
Exile
299
The Wretched of the Earth
443
Endgame
488
Afterword
494
Notes
503
Bibliography
583
Index
619
110
625
488
631

We Algerians
355
The Year of Africa
408

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About the author (2012)

David Macey translated some twenty books from French to English. He was the author of Lacan in Context, the acclaimed The Lives of Michel Foucault, The Penguin Dictionary of Critical Theory and Frantz Fanon: A Biography. He died in October 2011.

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