I am willing to believe that at the beginning you did not realise what was happening; later, you doubted whether such things could be true; but now you know, and still you hold your tongues.
The blinding sun of torture is at its zenith; it lights up the whole country. Under that merciless glare, there is not a laugh that does not ring false, not a face that is not painted to hide fear or anger, not a single action that does not betray our disgust, and our complicity.

– Jean-Paul Sartre in the preface to The Wretched of the Earth by Frantz Fanon

Let us not forget that the most violent denunciation of the West produced by Frantz Fanon is written in the elegant style of Jean-Paul Sartre. The West not merely produced modern colonialism, it informs most interpretations of colonialism. It colours even this interpretation of interpretation.

– Ashis Nandy, The Intimate Enemy


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