From the acclaimed author of The Book Of Night Women comes a masterfully written novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.
Jamaica, 1976: Seven men storm Bob Marley's house with machine guns blazing. The reggae superstar survives, but leaves Jamaica the following day, not to return for two years.
Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an imagined oral biography, told by ghosts, witnesses, killers, members of parliament, drug dealers, conmen, beauty queens, FBI and CIA agents, reporters, journalists, and even Keith Richards' drug dealer. Marlon James's dazzling novel is a tour de force. It traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined - and questions asked - in a masterpiece of imagination.
About the Author
Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in literature. He currently teaches a creative writing course in Minnesota and is working on his next novel.
'A vast, ambitious, burning mansion of a book, designed to reflect all the languages of its teeming island and the chambers of the human heart' * Irish Independent *
'A truly remarkable novel, crammed with a multitude of narrative voices, leaping across continents, reeking of sweat and gunpowder, slick with blood...As bold as literature can be'. * GQ *
'Violent, lurid, scabrous, hilarious and beautiful, this novel teems with life, death and narrators. A deserving winner of...the Man Booker prize by the first Jamaican to carry off the award'. * Economist Books of the Year 2015 *
'Epic in every sense of that word: sweeping, mythic, over-the-top, colossal and dizzyingly complex.' * New York Times *
`Showcases the extraordinary capabilities of a writer whose importance can scarcely be questioned.' * Independent *
`A vivid plunge into a crazed, violent and corrupt world... executed with swaggering aplomb' -- Irvine Welsh
'[James's] talent has grown from book to book, and his imagination consistently shines a light on dark and gory places...this is a work that explores the aesthetics of cacophony and also the aesthetics of violence.' * Guardian *
'resembles James Ellroy's LA Quartet in its blistering violence, multiple voices and view of history "from the gutter to the star"' * The Daily Telegraph *
'Critics rave about James' mastery of both oral history storytelling and patois dialect, and his ability to craft and juggle perspectives that often contradict and obscure the truth. With comparisons to the works of David Foster Wallace and Quentin Tarantino, James has garnered the highest of contemporary praise.' * Wired 10 Best Books of 2014 *
'This tense and violent, but very compelling, novel is a big book in more ways than one.' * The Herald *
'A brilliant novel' -- Library Journal
`Scary and lyrically beautiful - you'll want to read whole pages aloud to strangers.' -- Russell Banks
'Not only persuasive, but tragic, though in its polyphony and scope it's more than that ... the book's increasing sense of absurdity, its pop culture references, its compulsive ventriloquism and its range of tones - comic, surreal, nightmarish, parodic - began to remind me uncannily of David Foster Wallace's all-or-nothing Infinite Jest.' * New York Times Book Review *