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By Jean-Paul Sartre

Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism is a vintage critique of France's guidelines in Algeria within the Nineteen Fifties and Nineteen Sixties and encouraged a lot next writing on colonialism, post-colonialism, politics, and literature. It contains Sartre's celebrated preface to Fanon's vintage Wretched of the Earth. Colonialism and Neo-Colonialism had a profound influence 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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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. Turn the page and now look at the soldiers of the Eighth Army from behind, beneath their sunshades, lost on one of Shanghai’s main avenues.

And there is Barrès, quite moved. How could he fail to be moved by this quaint custom? And what pure artistic pleasure he takes looking at these little scarlet marks, which, lively and bright, set off the grey of the dawn. Nearby someone has left a dead cat. A dead cat, a dead kid: two little souls, two little ripples. Barrès brings them together in the same funeral orison and then moves on to more distinguished comparisons. At that same hour perhaps, wrapped in purple silk, the beautiful, warm body of a concubine is being carried to the imperial bed.

No, just picking things up. These bales of cotton have just been unloaded. If they stay an hour longer on the dock, they will disappear. No sooner have they been put down than the crowd rushes forward and surrounds them. Everyone attempts to pull off a handful of cotton. Many handfuls of cotton, gathered day after day – that makes an item of clothing. I recognize the look on the women’s faces, I have seen it in Marseilles, in Algiers, in London, in the streets of Berlin; it is serious, quick and hounded, anguish mingles with greed.

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