The colonizer and the colonized

Memmi, Albert
Beacon Press
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xxix, 169 p. 21 cm
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325.3 MEM

This book has caused as much anguish and anger as it has enthusiasm. On the one hand, people saw it as an insolent provocation; on the other, flag to which to rally. Everyone agreed on its militant aspect. It seemed to be an arm in the war against colonization, and indeed it has become one. But nothing seems more ridiculous to me than to boasts of borrowed courage and feats never accomplished. I have mentioned how relatively naive I was when I wrote this book. Then I simply wanted to understand the colonial relationship to which was bound. I am not saying that my philosophy was alien to my search, my anger and, in a way, my whole life. I am unconditionally opposed to all forms of oppression, for me, oppression is the greatest calamity of humanity. I It diverts and pollutes the best energies of man – oppressed and oppressor a like. For it colonization destroys the colonized, it also rots the colonizer. Be that as it may, provocation was not the object of my work. The effectiveness of the material came gratuitously by the solve virtue of truth.

Translation of: Portrati du colonisé, précédé du portait du colonisateur.|Africa's 100 best books of the 20th century|Originially published: 1st American ed. New York: Orion Press, 1965. With new afterwork.
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CITATION: Memmi, Albert. The colonizer and the colonized . Boston : Beacon Press , 1991. - Available at: http://library.africa-union.org/colonizer-and-colonized-3

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