Psychiatrist, revolutionary, writer and philosopher, Frantz Fanon (1925–1961) played many roles during his brief life. Born on the island of Martinique, he died in the United States from cancer, following a meteoric career that took him to France, Algeria, Tunisia, and numerous places in between. Best known for Black Skin, White Masks (1952) and The Wretched of the Earth (1961), Fanon drew upon psychology, European philosophy, and his own experience to articulate radical critiques of racism, colonialism, and nationalism that still vitally inform understandings of these issues. Yet Fanon remains controversial, given his advocacy of violent struggle, and, consequently, is often misunderstood.
This biography – the most succinct and straightforward to date – demythologises Fanon by situating his life and ideas within the historical circumstances he encountered. Synthesising a range of secondary literature with readings of his work, it elevates enduring aspects of Fanon’s legacy, while also countering interpretations of his writing that have granted uncritical omniscience to his views. Written with clarity and passion, Christopher J. Lee’s account ultimately argues for the complexity of Frantz Fanon and his continued importance today.
Christopher J. Lee is the author of Unreasonable Histories: Nativism, Multiracial Lives, and the Genealogical Imagination in British Africa and the editor of Making a World after Empire: The Bandung Moment and Its Political Afterlives. He is based at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
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|Sub-title:|| Toward a Revolutionary Humanism
|Colour:||Black and White|
|Publication Date:||November 2015|