Discussion: A Brief History Of Seven Killings By Marlon James

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On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven unnamed gunmen stormed the singer's house, machine guns blazing. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but rumors abounded regarding the assassins fates. "A Brief History of Seven Killings" is James's fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica's history and beyond. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters assassins, drug dealers, journalists, and even ghosts James brings to life the people who walked the streets of 1970s Kingston, who dominated the crack houses of 1980s New York, and who reemerged into a radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. WINNER of the 2015 Man Book Prize.

“This book is based on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in 1976, who is known in the book as ‘The Singer.’ I found this story to be quite relevant to what’s happening in Mexico: politics in upheaval, corrupt police, the American CIA are involved. In this world, Jamaican citizens aren’t allowed to rise above their station. A fascinating read, though potentially difficult because it is written in dialect.”
— Christy

Marlon Jameswas born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel is A Brief History of Seven Killings. He is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow s Devil, was a finalist for theLos Angeles TimesBook Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers Prize and was aNew York TimesEditors Choice. James lives in Minneapolis.

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