This book bears insight on the rage of the colonized people and role of violence in both the material and psychological aspects of historical change.
For many people of European descendant, slavery is little more than an unpleasant memory of a bygone and distant era, largely remembered more for the glory of empires lost and faded dreams of conquest and exploration. But are the scars really healed? Despite decades of independence, the history of slavery and colonialism still pierces right the descendants of colonized people and constantly reopens old wounds. Why is that the case? Could it be because the colonized never felt their anger was fully received by the colonialist? Could that be the reason why they're still stagnating merely in the second stage of grief? It is only until they're fully heard by the world, until they are paid the long due reparations, that the colonized as a people could stand up in the community as psychologically healthy nation- states.
Everyone can gain something from this book. The descendants of the colonized could find in here the remarkable language to express their complex state of emotions, whereas the descendants of the colonialists could find in here the most compelling nudge for reconciliation.
True- Colonialism and slavery were in the past but it is clear that we're all still today either the beneficiaries or/and victims of that era. It is therefore each generation's responsibility to step- by-step fade its repercussions to where they properly belong- The Past.
And of course this book can also be easily applied to the subtype of all aggressors-and-victims relationship.
What a powerful book.
P.S.: The foreword and preface by Bhabha and Sartre respectively are also delightful....Continua