Publisher: Oneworld Publications If this item isn't available to be reserved nearby. The novel has five sections, each named after a musical track and covering the events of a single day: The first part of the novel is set in Kingston, Jamaica, in the build-up to the Smile Jamaica Concert held on 5 December 1976, and describes politically motivated violence between gangs associated with the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) and the People's National Party (PNP), especially in the West Kingston neighbourhoods of Tivoli Gardens and Mathews Lane (renamed in the novel as Copenhagen City and Eight Lanes),[4] including involvement of the CIA in the Jamaican politics of the time. More.

- 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.' [1] It was published in 2014 by Riverhead Books. © 2019 - Booker Prize Foundation (registered charity in England no 1090049). This marked the first time that a Jamaican-born author has won the prize. With comparisons to the works of David Foster Wallace and Quentin Tarantino, James has garnered the highest of contemporary praise.' A deserving winner of...the Man Booker prize by the first Jamaican to carry off the award.' By continuing to browse the site you accept our Cookie Policy, you can change your settings at any time. - New York Times Book Review, A great book well deserving of its prestige. Your local Waterstones may have stock of this item. The Independent, 'A vivid plunge into a crazed, violent and corrupt world... executed with swaggering aplomb.' A Brief History of Seven Killings is the third novel by Jamaican author Marlon James. Spanning three decades and crossing continents, A Brief History of Seven Killings chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters - slum kids, one-night stands, drug lords, girlfriends, gunmen, journalists, and even the CIA. Read more from the Study Guide . The title could be the source of misguided expectations in this regard, as it is being overly modest on both counts. Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of 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. Your review has been submitted successfully. From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a dazzling display of masterful storytelling exploring this near-mythic event. But the next day he left the country and didn’t return for two years. The book was awarded the 2015 Man Booker Prize. Instead the book follows a varied cast... A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica’s history and beyond.

You probably won't recognise the rainbow country in this book - at least I didn't. - The Herald, 'Scary and lyrically beautiful - you'll want to read whole pages aloud to strangers.'

Number of pages: 704 - Wired 10 Best Books of 2014, 'This tense and violent, but very compelling, novel is a big book in more ways than one.' Gripping and inventive, ambitious and mesmerising, A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the most remarkable and extraordinary novels of the twenty-first century. Inspired by this near-mythic event, A Brief History of Seven Killings takes the form of 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. Unfortunately there has been a problem with your order, Please try again or alternatively you can contact your chosen shop on, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Paperback). He writes not about those associated with the shooting of the Singer but instead about seven of the eleven people killed by Josey Wales in a Bushwick crack house. More, Grabbed a copy after hearing so much about the author and the book, and it is a good read without doubt. Would you like to proceed to the App store to download the Waterstones App? More, This is truly an incredible piece of writing.It absorbs you and takes you on a journey no white man could experience into an era and a milieu which whilst totally alien is also strangely familiar if ,

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Simply reserve online and pay at the counter when you collect. - The Guardian, '...resembles James Ellroy's LA Quartet in its blistering violence, multiple voices and view of history "from the gutter to the star.' Second, near the end of the novel the writer Alex Pierce names his series of newspaper articles A Brief History of Seven Killings. - 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.