Frantz Fanon (1925-1961) was born in Martinique and studied medicine in France, specializing in psychiatry. Sent to a hospital in Algeria, he found his sympathies turning toward the Algerian Nationalist Movement, which he later joined. He is considered one of the most important theorists of the African struggle for independence and of the psychology of race.
Richard Philcox is the distinguished translator of many works by Caribbean writer Maryse Condé.
"A strange, haunting mélange of analysis, revolutionary manifesto, metaphysics, prose poetry and literary criticism--and yet the nakedest of human cries." --Newsweek "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