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  • Philosopher of the Barricades
  • By: Peter Hudis
  • Narrated by: Doug Storm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Frantz Fanon

By: Peter Hudis
Narrated by: Doug Storm
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Summary

Few figures loom as large in the intellectual history of revolution and postcolonialism as Frantz Fanon. An intellectual who devoted his life to activism, he utilized his deep knowledge of psychology and philosophy in the service of the movement for democratic participation and political sovereignty in his native Martinique and around the world.

With FranzFanon, Peter Hudis presents a penetrating critical biography of the activist's life and work. Countering the prevailing belief that Fanon's contributions to modern thought can be wholly defined by an advocacy of violence, Hudis presents his work instead as an integrated whole, showing that its nuances - and thus its importance - can only be appreciated in light of Fanon's efforts to fuse philosophical theory and actual practice. By taking seriously Fanon's philosophical and psychological contributions, as well as his political activism, Hudis presents a powerful and perceptive new view of the man and his achievement.

This brief, richly perceptive introduction to Fanon will give new force to his ideas, his life, and his example for people engaged in radical political theory and taking action against oppression around the world today.

©2015 Peter Hudis (P)2016 Peter Hudis

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Great intro to Fanon

Enjoyed this, though the narrator could have put a little more effort into pronouncing French names and places.

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  • Eric
  • 01-08-17

Very helpful in understanding Fanon's work

This biography helped me appreciate the profoundness of Fanon's insights. Fanon's ideas are relevant today especially to anyone interested in understanding the errors of African revolutionary movements of the 20th century.

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  • Martin Repinecz
  • 06-01-22

Nuanced overview of Fanon's life and work

This text offers an excellent overview of Fanon's life and work, considering his biography, intellectual influences, major works, minor works, and revolutionary activism. It highlights not only what he took from major thinkers like Hegel, Marx, Sartres, Merleau-Ponty, Cesaire, Senghor and others, but also how he differed from them. It also explains and clarifies many of the contradictions, controversies and misunderstandings that Fanon's work has generated over the years. It also devotes a whole chapter each to Fanon's most famous works, "Black Skin, White Masks" and "The Wretched of the Earth." This should be required listening for anyone interested in deepening their knowledge of this foundational thinker of race and colonialism.