Part whodunit, part screenplay, and part love story
On Sale: February 7, 2008
Featuring: Frantz Fanon
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Wideman's first novel in a decade conjures the author of
The Wretched of the Earth and his urgent relevance
today Wideman's fascinating new novel weaves together
fiction, biography, and memoir to evoke the life and message
of Frantz Fanon, the influential author of The Wretched of
A philosopher, psychiatrist, and political activist, Fanon
was a fierce, acute critic of racism and oppression. Born of
African descent in Martinique in 1927, Fanon fought to
defend France during World War II and then later against
France in Algerias war for independence. The Wretched of the
Earth, written in 1961, inspired leaders of liberation
movements from Steve Biko in South Africa to Che Guevera to
the Black Panthers in the United States.
Wideman's novel is disguised as the project of a
contemporary African-American novelist, Thomas, who
undertakes writing a life of Fanon. The result is an
electrifying mix of perspectives, traveling from Manhattan
to Paris to Algeria to Pittsburgh.
Part whodunit, part screenplay, and part love story, Fanon
introduces the French film director Jean-Luc Godard to
ailing Mrs. Wideman in Homewood, and chases the meaning of
Fanon's legacy through our violent, post-9/11 world, which
seems determined to perpetuate the evils Fanon sought to
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