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Black Skin, White Masks (Pluto Classics) Paperback – 10 May 1991

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pluto Press; New Ed edition (10 May 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745300359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745300351
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,445 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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One feels a brilliant, vivid and hurt mind walking the thin line that separates effective outrage from despair. --New York Times

A strange, haunting melange of existential analysis, revolutionary manifesto, metaphysics, prose, poetry and literary criticism. --Newsweek

Fanon's analysis of crippled colonial mentalities may be even more salient now than it was then. --New Statesman

About the Author

Frantz Fanon (1925-61) was born in the French Caribbean island of Martinique. He studied medicine and psychiatry in France and worked in a hospital in Algeria between 1953 and 1956. He passionately identified with Algeria's armed struggle for independence and this led him to write The Wretched of the Earth (1961) which became a manifesto for the Third World. Black Skin, White Masks was first published in France in 1952.


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By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2003
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This book was originally purchased for my degree in Race, however the book was an eye opener into how it feels have been, and to be black in what is quoted as a 'white world'. At times this book can be extremely unbelievable to read,and it outlines the struggles that people face in our society. This book was extremely helpful for my work but was also a great book to read for pleasure.
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Black skin, white mask by Frantz Fanon's is a mind-opening novel for humanity irrespective of race or the color of the skin. This book helped me to come to terms with many of the attitudes around. The author's insights into the psychological damage of the black man from colonialism, incomprehension, self-denial, racism, continuous bitterness and other negative consequences still stand as powerful guides in helping us to grapple with the problems of our world. You read the book to the end and come out of the experienced feeling enlightened and a better person. One feels better placed to navigate in our rapidly becoming multicultural world.
I recommend this book along with: THE USURPER AND OTHER STORIES, A BLADE OF GRASS, DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE , TRIPLE AGENT DOUBLE CROSS
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Amazing book.

Can't seem to shake the feeling that this book, even after all this time, describes most black people out there in the world and also their views on life, love, work and other subjects. Being black myself i was able to agree with what i read and also learn a few things and this might be because the writer was a psychiatrist.

The book is laid out in a way that is easy to read and follow. Frantz Fanon is a great writer and from what i've read so far i believe he was a great psychiatrist as well.
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I didn't think it was possible to make philosophical thinking could be made simple! However Fanon achieved this. His medical training provided him with a foundation from which to deconstruct some of the perceptions and practices of colonialism.

Worth a read for sure.
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This book had been recommended to me by a friend. Coming from country that didn't have any colonies, not to mention any racial interaction, it is very interesting to see point of view of a person, who is black and comes to motherland from a colony.
The factual and educated study makes it very informational and opening point for further investigation of racial studies.
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