Book of the Week 07/30-08/05

 

BLACK SKIN, WHITE MASKS

by Frantz Fanon 

 

Few modern voices have had as profound an impact on black identity and critical race studies as Frantz Fanon's, and Black Skin, White Masks represents some of his most important work. A major influence on civil rights, anticolonial, and black consciousness movements, Black Skin, White Masks is an unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was initially published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important intellectuals on revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial differences in human history. 

FRANTZ FANON (1925-1961) was born in Martinique and studied medicine in France, specializing in psychiatry. Working at a hospital in Algeria, he became sympathetic toward the Algerian Nationalist Movement, which he later joined. His other works include Toward the African Revolution, A Dying Colonialism, and the Wretched of the Earth, which had been translated into over 25 languages, with more than one million English language copies in print alone.