The Colonizer and the Colonized

Front Cover
Beacon Press, 1965 - History - 169 pages
2 Reviews
Nearly 40 years after its first publication in French this collection of Sartre's writings on colonialism remains a supremely powerful and relevant polemical work. Over a series of thirteen essays Sartre brings the full force of his remarkable intellect relentlessly to bear on his own country's conduct in Algeria and by extension the West's conduct in the Third World in general. The tussle is not equal, and the Western imperialists emerge at the end bloody, bruised and thoroughly chastened. Most startling of all is Sartre's advocacy of violence as a legitimate response to repression, motivated by his belief that freedom is the central characteristic of being human. Whether one agrees with his every conclusion or not, Colonialism and Neocolonialism shows a philosopher passionately engaged in using philosophy as a force for change in the world. An important influence on postcolonial thought ever since, this book takes on added resonance in the light of the West's most recent bout of interference in the non-Western world."--BOOK JACKET.

What people are saying - Write a review

User Review - Flag as inappropriate

A powerful text that furnishes readers with complex portraits of the two sides of an age-old fight. He does not point fingers at individuals, he indicts a broken system set up for failure which breeds failure.

Review: The Colonizer and the Colonized

User Review  - Bob - Goodreads

Classic, written in an easy to read narrative style, about the relationship between colonized peoples and the people who colonize them. Memmi is an Algerian Jew, so he has a unique perspective on Africans being colonized by Europeans Read full review


Does the colonial exist
The colonizer who refuses
The colonizer who accepts
Mythical portrait of the colonized
Situations of the colonized
The two answers of the colonized
Afterword by Susan Gilson Miller

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1965)

Albert Memmi (Arabic: ألبرت ميمي; born December 15, 1920) is a French writer and essayist of Tunisian-Jewish origin.

Bibliographic information