This essay first appeared in 1966 in the Guyana Independence Issue of New World Quarterly edited by George Lamming. It is republished here, by kind permission of the author, to mark the 50th anniversary of the passing of Frantz Fanon on December 5, 1961.

Fanon’s The Damned is one of those rare books which stands out not only through the brilliance of its penetrating social and psychological insights, or through the sheer vigour and originality of its style, but derives its greatest importance from the fact of being the key work which embodies the zeitgeist of a revolutionary social movement. ..

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