Out of The Dark Night

Essays on Decolonization
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  • Publication Date: February 2021
  • Dimensions and Pages: 216mmm x 140mm; 288pp
  • Paperback EAN: 978-1-77614-323-8
  • PDF EAN: 978-1-77614-329-0
  • Rights: Southern Africa
  • Recommended Price (ZAR): 385.00

An important, provocative, and powerful intervention into the politics and the production of
knowledge after colonialism in France and about the French empire’s former colonies after
they became independent.
— Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University

Achille Mbembe declares that Frantz Fanon is one of the few who have tackled the
philosophical signifi cance of decolonization, not just as a considerable historic moment
of transfer of power but above all as a movement of recreation of humanity and a sense of
futurity. That was sixty years ago, at the dawn of African independences. We can declare as
well today that with this examination of decolonization as the continuing process of coming
out of the dark night and as the manifestation of a will to life, he shows to be currently at
work in the experimentations and innovations taking place on the continent. Mbembe has
produced one of the very best works in the spirit of Fanon’s thought.”
—Souleymane Bachir Diagne, author of Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in
Conversation with the Western Tradition

Achille Mbembe is one of the world’s most profound critics of colonialism and its consequences, a major figure in the emergence of a new wave of French critical theory. His writings examine the complexities of decolonization for African subjectivities and the possibilities emerging in its wake. In Out of the Dark Night, he offers a rich analysis of the paradoxes of the postcolonial moment that points toward new liberatory models of community, humanity and planetarity.

In a nuanced consideration of the African experience, Mbembe makes sweeping interventions into debates about citizenship, identity, democracy, and modernity. He eruditely ranges across European and African thought to provide a powerful assessment of common ways of writing and thinking about the world. Mbembe criticizes the blinkers of European intellectuals, analyzing France’s failure to heed postcolonial critiques of ongoing exclusions masked by pretenses of universalism. He develops a new reading of African modernity that further develops the notion of Afropolitanism, a novel way of being in the world that has arisen in decolonized Africa in the midst of both destruction and the birth of new societies. Out of the Dark Night reconstructs critical theory’s historical and philosophical framework for understanding colonial and postcolonial events and expands our sense of the futures made possible by decolonization..

Achille Mbembe is Research Professor in History and Politics at the Wits Institute for Social and Economy Research, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the author of On the Postcolony (2001), Critique of Black Reason (2017), Necropolitics (2019) and the winner of the 2018 Ernst Bloch Award as well as the Gerda Henkel Award.

An important, provocative, and powerful intervention into the politics and the production of knowledge after colonialism in France and about the French empire’s former colonies after they became independent.
— Mamadou Diouf, Columbia University

Achille Mbembe declares that Frantz Fanon is one of the few who have tackled the philosophical signifi cance of decolonization, not just as a considerable historic moment of transfer of power but above all as a movement of recreation of humanity and a sense of futurity. That was sixty years ago, at the dawn of African independences. We can declare as well today that with this examination of decolonization as the continuing process of coming out of the dark night and as the manifestation of a will to life, he shows to be currently at work in the experimentations and innovations taking place on the continent. Mbembe has produced one of the very best works in the spirit of Fanon’s thought.”
—Souleymane Bachir Diagne, author of Open to Reason: Muslim Philosophers in Conversation with the Western Tradition

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