Australian Left Review

Article Title

"The Wretched of The Earth"


Willie Thompson


Fanon was born on the island of Martinique in 1925 and experienced at first hand the condition of being a “native,” i.e., a colored person, in a colonial society. The exploration and analysis of the personal effects of this condition, formed the subject, somewhat slanted towards Freudian jargon and concepts, of his first book, Black Skin, White Masks, published when he was 27. In France he studied medicine, specialising in psychiatry at the psychiatric hospital at Blida in Algeria.