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.
“This year’s biographical tour de force.”—New Statesman
“Macey’s richly informative and engaging biography provides the historical, social and cultural context that is essential for understanding this passionate and courageous intellectual.”—Washington Post
“A prodigiously researched, absorbing book about the mind and the passion of a twentieth-century revolutionary.”—New York Times Book Review
“... stands in a class of its own. It is unmatched in its care and attention to detail, in its author’s knowledge of the multiple intellectual, cultural and political contexts in which the man moved”—New Humanist
“Not just a lucid and well-researched account of the man and his works, it is one of the best books about contemporary history to have been published in recent years.”—Literary Review
“Invaluable to scholars ... an excellent guide.”—Publishers Weekly
“A valuable and comprehensive introduction to the man and his work. David Macey is certainly someone who knows Fanon and the context extremely well and he writes lucidly and informa- tively. For anyone interested in the Algerian war, colonialism or Fanon himself, this really is a must-read.”—Morning Star
About the Author:
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.