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Frantz Fanon

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Frantz Fanon

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Nonfiction, Philosophy

At a Glance

In A Dying Colonialism, Frantz Fanon (1925–61) explores the impact of the Algerian Revolution (1954–62) on Algerian society. Fanon grew up on the island of Martinique which was under French colonial rule. He traveled to Europe as a young man. Because he was a fervent opponent of colonialism, he became involved with the Algerian Revolution which began in 1954. The book documents the changes Fanon observes during his time in Algeria. It also suggests that the revolution so changed Algerian society that there is no way French colonial control can ever return.

About the Title

The title A Dying Colonialism is a reference to the French colonial presence in Algeria which Fanon denounces in the book. Fanon asserts that the Algerian Revolution (1954–62) has changed Algerian society to the extent that colonialism can no longer continue in the country in perpetuity. The ways in which Algerians think about clothing, family, medicine, and race have been irreversibly altered by the revolution. The French colonial presence in Algeria has been struck a mortal blow and, while the war is not yet over, it is now only a matter of time until Algerian independence is achieved.


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