Good reads during summer: “The Wretched of the Earth” (Frantz Fanon) & “Orientalism” (Edward Said)

The summer of 2013 has started. Time to read books you should have read long ago – but never got to. Decolonize your mind with Frantz Fanon’s The Wretched of the Earth, available online through the following link:

Review: “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. 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 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.”


Done? Find the PDF of Orientalism – another must read on similar topics by Edward Said – here: