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Black Skin, White Masks Paperback – September 10, 2008
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A major influence on civil rights, anti-colonial, and black consciousness movements around the world, Black Skin, White Masks is the unsurpassed study of the black psyche in a white world. Hailed for its scientific analysis and poetic grace when it was first published in 1952, the book remains a vital force today from one of the most important theorists of revolutionary struggle, colonialism, and racial difference in history.
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A brilliant, vivid and hurt mind, walking the thin line that separates effective outrage from despair... As a writer he demonstrates how insidiously the problem of race, of color, connects with a whole range of words and images. . . . Yet it is Fanon the man, rather than the medical specialist or intellectual, who makes the book so hard to put down.” Robert Coles, The New York Times Book Review
A reasoned, explosive, and important book centered on the identity problem of the black man, by the author of a classic study of racism and colonialism, Wretched of the Earth.” Publishers Weekly
This book should be read by every black man with a desire to understand himself and the forces that conspire against him.”Floyd McKissick, former national director, CORE
About the Author
Richard Philcox is the distinguished translator of many works by Caribbean writer Maryse Condé.
- ASIN : 0802143008
- Publisher : Grove Press; Revised edition (September 10, 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 206 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780802143006
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802143006
- Item Weight : 7.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #20,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I first read the "Get Political" edition of this book (which can be found online PDF!) and I was absolutely blown away. It felt closer to the actual French Fanon was using, without the weird accentuations of masculinity and unclear revisions Richard Philcox makes. Richard Philcox takes Fanon messages and completely loses it -- loses all the semblances of powerful vulnerability, precision, and propheticeness that Fanon clearly has in his heart and wanted the world to see. While it is an edition that is easily available to all, I wouldn't use this version if you are going to use it for scholarly articles, or for further contemplation. I would suggest moving to another edition that gets closer to Fanon's actual message. This book is beautiful and has saved my life. But other editions could surely provide much more analysis than Philcox makes possible.