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Marlon James

Autor(a) de A Brief History of Seven Killings

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About the Author

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He studied literature at the University of the West Indies. He worked in advertising for more than a decade, as a copywriter, art director and graphic designer. He took a writing workshop in Kingston, Jamaica, and later enrolled in a writing mostrar mais program at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. His first novel, John Crow's Devil, was published in 2005. His other novels include The Book of Night Women and A Brief History of Seven Killings, which won the Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2015. He teaches at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Obras de Marlon James

Associated Works

The Neil Gaiman Reader: Selected Fiction (2020) — Prefácio — 410 cópias
Bronx Noir (2003) — Contribuinte — 103 cópias
Kingston Noir (2012) — Contribuinte — 35 cópias


Conhecimento Comum

Nome de batismo
Marlon, James
Data de nascimento
Jamaica (birth)
Local de nascimento
Kingston, Jamaica
Locais de residência
Kingston, Jamaica
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
University of the West Indies
Wilkes University
Macalester College
2015 Man Booker
Pequena biografia
Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1970. He is the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize, The Minnesota Book Award and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction as well as an NAACP Image Award. His first novel John Crow's Devil was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was a New York Times Editor's Choice. In his third novel, A Brief History Of Seven Killings, James is exploring multiple genres: the political thriller, the oral biography, and the classic whodunit to confront the untold history of Jamaica in the late 1970's; of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley, and the country's own clandestine battles of the cold war.

James graduated from the University of the West Indies in 1991 with a degree in Language And Literature, and from Wilkes University in 2006 with a Masters in creative writing. His short fiction and nonfiction have appeared widely including in Esquire, Granta, and The Caribbean Review of Books.



Do not give up on this book until you reach Homer and give a portion with Homer a try. And if you are struggling with print, try the audio, Robin Miles is a gem of a narrator. This book is so well written and so loaded that I am still fully processing it after finishing it on the weekend. It is truly complex, and hardly any characters fit a neat category of truly good and truly bad. The novel focuses on the women of this community that is usually lead by men.
sawcat | outras 41 resenhas | Apr 8, 2024 |
But one of the reasons why it’s a big novel is almost for the same reason you have something like a double album. Because I think — I hope, and so far some critics seem to agree with me and some critics don’t — that a bigger novel is a wider canvas to experiment with... I’m not sure why ambition is looked upon as a bad thing. - Marlon James*

I really like thinking of this novel as a double album. That works. Because it's big, really big, and ambitious, and has two separate but obviously connected parts.

The first part is 5 stars for me all the way. Jamaican politics, and its associated gangs, and Bob Marley, and the CIA, and fascinating characters like Papa Lo and Weeper, and culminating in the attempted assassination of Marley by a gang of ghetto gunmen, whose leader is operating out of several motives, personal and political. Marley, always referred to as the Singer, his fame just that encompassing, is ever present just off-stage, working to create a peace which is not in the interests of certain elements.

His ultimate inability leads to the second album, post Marley's terribly early death from cancer, and we lose the politics and the Singer and gain the Medellin cartel, crack cocaine, drug empires in Brooklyn and the Bronx, and, a bit oddly, graphic gay sex ("I do actually believe in explicit violence. I believe in explicit sex... There’s something to be read in the explicit scene.*). This album didn't interest me so much though I recognize the quality.

* - Guernica interview, https://www.guernicamag.com/interviews/violently-wrought/

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Brethren, what the bombocloth you mean calling this a brief history? Could have been done a lot briefer, but that's cool, it's real good.
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lelandleslie | outras 107 resenhas | Feb 24, 2024 |
See raamat solgutas mentaaliselt ikka täiesti läbi :D
Alguses oli raske otsa peale saada - maailm oli nii läbini võõras ja kummaline nagu võõras kultuur ikka. Ja muidugi punnib vastu - angloameeerika ulme on ajju juba sügavad maanteed sisse tallanud, ja nüüd tuleb see Aafrika monstertruck ja arvab, et sõidab sealt kust tahab ...
Lõpuks muidugi sõitis ka, ja ma nautisin seda 100%.
See on kahtlemata üks kõige huvitavamaid asju, mida ma viimasel ajal olen lugenud, ja mida kaugemale ma jõudsin, seda rohkem hakkas meeldima. Aafrika mütoloogia(te) pentsikus ja võõrikus on tohutult värskendav ning selle täiesti teistsugused mõttemustrid ja arusaamised keerasid oma mõtteilmas ka mitmele asjale värske külje ette.
Üks väike lugu ka, maitseks.
Ka te teadsite, et teisena sündinud kaksik on tegelikult esimene? Aga nii vaat on, sest kui sünd algab, siis ütleb vanem kaksik nooremale: "Sina mine aas ja vaata, mis värk on." Ja noorem läheb, valmistab ette. Ja alles siis tuleb vanem :)
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sashery | outras 58 resenhas | Jan 29, 2024 |



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