A Brief History of Seven Killings by Jamaican author Marlon James was just announced as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize. The novel centers on the 1976 murder of Bob Marley as told through several different voices. This fictional history of Marley’s assassination is intriguing in its complexities, presenting an entertaining style of storytelling while also exploring deeper issues of violence and politics in 1970s Kingston. James is the first Jamaican author to receive the Man Booker prize. Below is an excerpt from Booklist’s review of A Brief History of Seven Killings:
This lengthy novel by the acclaimed Jamaican author of The Book of Night Women (2009) is a densely imaginative fictional retelling of the 1976 assassination attempt on reggae superstar Bob Marley (“The Singer”) and its aftermath. It is far less about music than about Jamaican (and international—the CIA is implicitly engaged) politics and its gangs, inextricably linked. The book is, as a result, nasty, complicated, violent, and profane. That it is also beautiful is testimony to author James’ immense talent.
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