Adam Shatz on Fanon’s “Écrits sur l’aliénation et la liberté”

This new volume of uncollected writings “reflects Fanon’s search for ‘freedom as dis-alienation’, itself a response to his experience of what Sartre called ‘extreme situations’: the battlefields of the Second World War, the asylums of North Africa, clandestine anti-colonial work.”  His tragedy was that “his vision of freedom and solidarity lost out to the narrower affiliations of nation, tribe and sect. And that tragedy is not his alone.”