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CULTURE | 18.03.2015

Book Club: Critique de la Raison Nègre by Achille Mbembe

“In my opinion Africa is a fascinating continent that is making huge strides right now, heading towards an unknown future at lightning speed”, says Allude creative director Andrea Karg. No wonder that historian and philosopher Achille Mbembe’s new book tops her current reading list. In his acclaimed Critique de la raison nègre (“Critique of black reason”), the Camerun-born Mbembe, who taught at Berkeley and Yale, argues that global capitalism has always had racist traits. After all, its origin lies in the slave trade.

The highly regarded scientist and author goes even further: in his mind Europe has become a mere province in the dominant world market. Another reason to pick up this thought-provoking book, about which the newspaper Libération wrote: “This great thinker invites us to see the world’s geography in a whole new light.” Achille Mbembe lives in Johannesburg and teaches at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Photos: Suhrkamp; Éditions La Découverte