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Brief History of Seven Killings (Hardcover) (Marlon James)

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One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York TimesA New York Times Book Review Notable BookNamed a best book of the year by:The New York TimesChicago TribuneThe Washington PostThe Boston GlobeTimeNewsweekThe Huffington PostThe Seattle TimesThe Houston ChroniclePublishers WeeklyLibrary JournalPopsugarBookPageBuzzFeed BooksSalonKansas City StarL Magazine From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a “musical, electric, fantastically profane” (The New York Times) epic that explores the tumultuous world of Jamaica over the past three decades.In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling novel of dazzling ambition and scope.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 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 much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Rumors abound regarding the assassins’ fates, and there are suspicions  that the attack was politically motivated.A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters – gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents,  even ghosts – over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate.Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight.
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.

On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert, gunmen stormed his house, machine guns blazing. The attack nearly killed the Reggae superstar, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Marley would go on to perform at the free concert on December 5, but he left the country the next day, not to return for two years.

Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters?assassins, journalists, drug dealers, and even ghosts?A Brief History of Seven Killings is the fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time and its bloody aftermath, from the streets and slums of Kingston in the ?70s, to the crack wars in ?80s New York, to a radically altered Jamaica in the ?90s. Brilliantly inventive and stunningly ambitious, this novel is a revealing modern epic that will secure Marlon James? place among the great literary talents of his generation.
Number of Pages: 688
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: History
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Marlon James
Language: English
Street Date: October 2, 2014
TCIN: 16190501
UPC: 9781594486005
Item Number (DPCI): 247-10-6708
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