Fanon is not an easy book to read, filled as it is with Wideman's trademark postmodern, free-jazz narrative circumlocutions--it probably won't make it to Oprah's Book Club list. It begins its first of three parts with a letter from a narrator, who may or may not be Wideman, to Frantz Fanon that lets you know some ground rules: "Stipulating differences that matter between fact and fiction--between black and white male and female good and evil--imposes order in society. Keeps people on the same page. Reading from the same script. In the society I know best, mine, fact and fiction are absolutely divided, one set above the other to rule and pillage, or, worse, fact and fiction blend into a tangled, hypermediated mess, grounding being in a no-exit maze of consuming: people as a consuming medium, people consumed by the medium." Reader beware.