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The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon — Book Launch with Adam Shatz | March 18 2024

Book Launch and Discussion with Adam Shatz, in conversation with Dr Nida Alahmad, Lecturer in the Politics and International Relations of the Middle East

Chaired by Rhea Gandhi, Phd Candidate in Counselling Studies

Hosted by the Edinburgh Center for International and Global LawCRITIQUE and the Project on Decolonising Counselling and Psychotherapy: Reflections from Psychosocial Perspectives (supported by PTAS)

The Rebel’s Clinic:  The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon

By Adam Shatz 

About the Book

Frantz Fanon was born in Martinique, a French colony, in 1925. As a young man, he volunteered to fight in de Gaulle’s army for the liberation of France, and trained to become a doctor and psychiatrist. His experiences as a black man under French colonial rule had a profound effect on him. In 1952, he wrote Black Skin, White Masks, a vital analysis of the effects of racism on the human psyche.

He was later re-assigned to a hospital in French Algeria. It was here that he became involved in the rebellion of the National Liberation Front (FLN), who fought to break free from colonial power. Fanon’s work for the FLN as a propagandist and psychiatrist became highly contentious. His final work, The Wretched of the Earth, was published in 1961 just before he died at the age of 36. It has proved to be one of the most controversial yet influential books of our time.

The Rebel’s Clinic is a searing biography of the short and harrowing life of Frantz Fanon, and a brilliant, nuanced exploration of his ideas, whose legacy is still so powerful. In an age when debates about race and the effects of colonialism are ever more urgent, The Rebel’s Clinic is a profoundly relevant book.

About the Author 

Adam Shatz is the US editor of The London Review of Books and a contributor to The New York Times MagazineThe New York Review of BooksThe 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.”


Register to attend in person (link)

Date/ time: Monday 18 March 2024; 16:30-18:30

Location: MacLaren Struart Room, Old College.