A Brief History of Seven Killings covers the twenty-five years from the lead-up to the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976 to the height of the drug war in New York City. We meet hundreds of characters, including dopers, dealers, illiterate stick-up-men, gangsters, journalists, CIA officials, lovers, fighters, and even ghosts. Told from these myriad characters’ perspectives, Marlon James’s intimate epic sometimes feels as though you’re scanning late-night radio, picking up cravings, rants, and fears. Some of them familiar, some strange. A Brief History of Seven Killings is as deep as dub, but reads as light as reggae thanks to James’s tremendous gift for prose. Like any great work of art, this one demands commitment, but pays you back handsomely for your efforts.
A Brief History of Seven Killings - Marlon James
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Published: Riverhead Books - October 2nd, 2014
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 8th, 2015