The Wretched of the Earth

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Wretched of the Earth)
Jump to: navigation, search
The Wretched of the Earth
WretchedOfTheEarth.JPG
First English translation
Author Frantz Fanon
Original title Les Damnés de la Terre
Translator Constance Farrington (1963)
Richard Philcox (2004)
Illustrator Zonama Bonaharda
Country France
Language French
Subject Racism and Colonialism, Violence, Post-colonialism, Third-world development, Revolution
Publisher Grove Press (1963 translation)
Publication date
1961
Published in English
1963
Media type Book
Pages 251
ISBN 0-8021-5083-7
OCLC 11787563

The Wretched of the Earth (French: Les Damnés de la Terre, 1961) by Frantz Fanon is a psychiatric and psychologic analysis of the dehumanising effects of colonization upon the individual man and woman, and the nation, from which derive the broader social, cultural, and political implications inherent to establishing a social movement for the decolonization of a person and of a people. The French-language title, Les Damnés de la Terre, derives from the opening lyrics of "The Internationale", the 19th-century anthem of the Left Wing.

In his introduction to the 1961 edition of The Wretched of the Earth, the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre supported Frantz Fanon’s advocacy of justified violence by the colonized people against the foreign colonizer, as necessary for their mental health and political liberation; Sartre later applied that introduction in Colonialism and Neocolonialism (1964), a politico–philosophic critique of France’s Algerian colonialism.[1] The political focus derives from the first chapter of the book, “Concerning Violence”, wherein Fanon indicts colonialism and its post-colonial legacies, for which violence is a means of catharsis and liberation from being a colonial subject. Nonetheless, in the foreword to the 2004 edition of The Wretched of the Earth (1961), Homi K. Bhabha criticized Sartre’s introduction, stating that it limits the reader’s approach to the book to focus on its promotion of violent resistance to oppression.[2]

The Wretched of the Earth presents thorough critiques of nationalism and of imperialism, a discussion of personal and societal mental health, a discussion of how the use of language (vocabulary) is applied to the establishment of imperialist identities, such as colonizer and colonized in order to teach and psychologically mold the native and the colonist into their respective roles as slave and master, and a discussion of role of the intellectual in a revolution. Fanon proposes that revolutionaries should seek the help of the lumpenproletariat to provide the force required to effect the expulsion of the colonists. Moreover, in traditional Marxist theory, the lumpenproletariat are considered the lowest, most degraded stratum of the proletariat social-class — especially criminals, vagrants, and the unemployed — people who lacked the class consciousness to actively participate in the anti-colonial revolution. Yet, Fanon applies the term lumpenproletariat to identify the colonial subjects who are not involved in industrial production, especially the peasantry, because, unlike the urban proletariat (the working class), the lumpenproletariat have sufficient intellectual independence from the dominant ideology of the colonial ruling class to readily grasp that they can successfully revolt against the colonial status quo, and so decolonize their nation.

Translations[edit]

  • in English by Richard Philcox
  • in English by Constance Farrington (Grove Press, 1963)
  • in English by Constance Farrington (Penguin Books, 2001)
  • in Spanish by Julieta Campos (1963, first edition in Spanish, Fondo de Cultura Económica)
  • in German by Traugott König
  • in Persian by Ali Shariati[3]
  • in Turkish by Lütfi Fevzi Topaçoğlu
  • in Hebrew by Orit Rosen
  • in Japanese by Michihiko Suzuki and Kinuko Urano
  • in Arabic by Sami Al Droubi
  • in Dutch by Han Meijer
  • in Croatian by Vera Frangeš (Stvarnost, Zagreb, 1972)
  • in Albanian by Muhamedin Kullashi, (Rilindja, Pristina, 1984)
  • in Sindhi by Abdul Wahid Aaresar, Mitti Hana Manhun

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jean-Paul Sartre Preface to Frantz Fanon's "Wretched of the Earth"
  2. ^ Homi Bhabha's 2004 foreword p. xxi; Franz Fanon (2004), The Wretched of the Earth, Grove Press 
  3. ^ «La jeune génération est un enjeu», interview with Gilles Kepel in L'Express, 26 January 2006 (French)


External links[edit]