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Fanon by John Edgar Wideman

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Fanon
John Edgar Wideman

Part whodunit, part screenplay, and part love story

Houghton Mifflin
February 2008
On Sale: February 7, 2008
Featuring: Frantz Fanon
240 pages
ISBN: 0618942637
EAN: 9780618942633
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Fiction

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 the Earth.

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 rectify.

Media Buzz

Fresh Air - NPR - February 25, 2008
News and Notes - February 19, 2008
Diane Rehm Show - NPR - February 4, 2008

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