The uncomfortable presence of Franz Fanon

Still from 'Battle of Algiers' )(1966).
Still from ‘Battle of Algiers’ )(1966).

Frantz Fanon is a great “source of embarrassment still today both to some who would claim the revolutionary Fanon as their own and to a French republicanism that prides itself on its universalism,”as David Macey argues. Still today Fanon is difficult to categorize or classify (is he French, Martinican, Algerian, African or Black). Fanon remains an uncomfortable presence in his native Martinique, as well as in Paris, in Algiers and elsewhere. But luckily enough 2011 will soon see the 50th anniversary of Fanon’s death with the posthumous publication of his The Wretched of the Earth. Only this last week, four books came out in Paris. The most important of these books is the translation into French of Macey’s seminal 2000 Frantz Fanon. A Biography. Le Monde des livres had the news last week.

Abdourahman Waberi

Abdourahman Waberi is a Djibouti writer and academic. His awards include the Grand prix littéraire d'Afrique noire.

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