Adam Shatz — The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon - with Abdourahman Waberi — at Conn Ave

Upcoming Event
Sunday, January 28, 2024 - 3:00pm

In the era of Black Lives Matter, Frantz Fanon’s shadow looms larger than ever. He was the intellectual activist of the postcolonial era, and his writings about race, revolution, and the psychology of power continue to shape radical movements across the world. In this searching biography, Adam Shatz tells the story of Fanon’s stunning journey, which has all the twists of a Cold War-era thriller. Fanon left his modest home in Martinique to fight in the French Army during World War II; when the war was over, he fell under the influence of Existentialism while studying medicine in Lyon and trying to make sense of his experiences as a Black man in a white city. Fanon went on to practice a novel psychiatry of “dis-alienation” in rural France and Algeria, and then join the Algerian independence struggle, where he became a spokesman, diplomat, and clandestine strategist. He died in 1961, while under the care of the CIA in a Maryland hospital. Today, Fanon’s Black Skin, White Masks and The Wretched of the Earth have become canonical texts of the Black and global radical imagination, comparable to James Baldwin’s essays in their influence. And yet they are little understood. In The Rebel’s Clinic, Shatz offers a dramatic reconstruction of Fanon’s extraordinary life—and a guide to the books that underlie today’s most vital efforts to challenge white supremacy and racial capitalism.

Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The New York Review of Books, The New Yorker, and other publications. He is the author of Writers and Missionaries: Essays on the Radical Imagination and the host of the podcast “Myself with Others.”

Shatz will be in conversation with Abdourahman Waberi. An acclaimed author, Abdourahman Waberi has published several books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He has received many awards and fellowships throughout his career. His work, originally published in French, has been translated in many languages, including English, German, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. Waberi is currently associate professor of French at the George Washington University.

This event is free with first come, first served seating.

5015 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
Non Fiction
The Rebel's Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon By Adam Shatz Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374176426
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 23rd, 2024