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Black Skin, White Masks

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Revolution, Democracy, Socialism V.I. Lenin
Edited by Paul Le Blanc
9780745327600

Selected Writings

Black Skin, White Masks Frantz Fanon
Forewords by Homi K. Bhabha and Ziauddin Sardar
9780745328485

Jewish History, Jewish Religion
The Weight of Three Thousand Years

Forewords by Pappe / Mezvinsky/ Said / Vidal
9780745328409

Israel Shahak

The Communist Manifesto Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
Introduction by David Harvey
9780745328461

Theatre of the Oppressed Augusto Boal
9780745328386

Catching History on the Wing

Race, Culture and Globalisation

A. Sivanandan
Foreword by Colin Prescod
9780745328348

black skin white it masks
FRANTZ FANON
Translated by Charles Lam Markmann Forewords by Ziauddin Sardar and Homi K. Bhabha

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PLUTO PRESS

Originally published by Editions de Seuil, France, 1952 as Peau Noire, Masques Blanc First published in the United Kingdom in 1986 by Pluto Press 345 Archway Road, London N6 5AA This new edition published 2008 www.plutobooks.com Copyright © Editions de Seuil 1952 English translation copyright © Grove Press Inc 1967 The right of Homi K. Bhabha and Ziauddin Sardar to be identified as the authors of the forewords to this work has been asserted by them in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. British Library Cataloguing in Publication Data A catalogue record for this book is available from the British Library ISBN ISBN 978 0 7453 2849 2 978 0 7453 2848 5 Hardback Paperback

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CONTENTS

Foreword to the 2008 edition by Ziauddin Sardar Foreword to the 1986 edition by Homi K. Bhabha Translator’s Note Introduction 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 The Negro and Language The Woman of Color and the White Man The Man of Color and the White Woman The So-Called Dependency Complex of Colonized Peoples The Fact of Blackness The Negro and Psychopathology The Negro and Recognition By Way of Conclusion

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Index

FOREWORD TO THE 2008 EDITION
Ziauddin Sardar

I think it would be good if certain things were said: Fanon and the epidemiology of oppression The opening gambit of Black Skin, White Masks ushers us towards an imminent experience: the explosion will not happen today.* But a type of explosion is about to unfold in the text in front of us, in the motivations it seeks, in the different world it envisages and aims to create. We are presented with a series of statements, maxims if you like, both obvious and not so obvious: I do not come with timeless truths; fervor is the weapon of choice of the impotent; the black man wants to be white, the white man slaves to reach a human level. We are left with little doubt we are confronting a great deal of anger. The resentment takes us to a particular place: a zone of non-being, an extraordinary sterile and arid region, where black is not a man, and mankind is digging into its own flesh to find meaning. But this not simply a historic landscape, although Black Skin, White Masks is a historic text, firmly located in time and place. Fanon’s anger has a strong contemporary echo. It is the silent scream of all those who toil in abject poverty simply to exist in the hinterlands and vast conurbations of Africa. It is the resentment of all those marginalized and firmly located on the fringes in Asia and Latin America. It is the bitterness of...
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