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By Jean-Paul Sartre

Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism is a vintage critique of France's rules in Algeria within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties and encouraged a lot next writing on colonialism, post-colonialism, politics, and literature. It comprises Sartre's celebrated preface to Fanon's vintage Wretched of the Earth. Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism had a profound effect on French highbrow lifestyles, inspiring many different influential French thinkers and critics of colonialism corresponding to Jean-Francois Lyotard, Frantz Fanon, Pierre Bourdieu and Jacques Derrida.

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At every dawn, officers do their exercises in the gardens of the Forbidden City, while ageing ghosts drift through the palaces. Every morning Peking reconstructs its appearance of the previous day, the previous week, the previous millennium. In our country, industry is destroying all the old frameworks; but over there, why should they change? Cartier-Bresson has photographed eternity. Fragile eternity; it is a tune played over and over again. To stop it, you would have to smash the record. And indeed it is going to be smashed.

Children and youths are massed along the path of the victors; they are amused, curious; calm, they cross their arms and watch. Where is the victory? Where is the terror? Here is the first communist soldier seen in Shanghai since the beginning of the civil war. He is a little man with a dark, handsome face, who is carrying his equipment on the end of a stick, like our old soldiers when they came back from the war. This exhausted little man, these young spectators: you might think that you were at the finish of a running race.

Sartre, Anti-Semite and Jew, New York, Schocken Books, 1995, p. 93. 20 Lawrence D. Kritzman, ‘Critical Reflections: Self-Portraiture and the Presentation of Jewish Identity in French’, in Auschwitz and After, New York and London, Routledge, 1995, p. 99. , p. 99. , p. 101. , p. 100. 24 J. P. Sartre, Black Orpheus, Paris, Gallimard, 1976, p. 22. , p. 22. , p. 23. , p. 26. , p. 27. , p. 15. 30 Ibid. , pp. 59–60. 32 F. Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks, London, Pluto, 1993, p. 134. , p. 135. , p. 226.

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