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The Resource A brief history of seven killings, Marlon James

A brief history of seven killings, Marlon James

Label
A brief history of seven killings
Title
A brief history of seven killings
Statement of responsibility
Marlon James
Title variation
Brief history of 7 killings
Creator
Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
On 3 December 1976, just weeks before the general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions, seven gunmen from West Kingston stormed his house with machine guns blazing. Marley survived and went on to perform at the free concert, but the next day he left the country, and didn't return for two years. Not a lot was recorded about the fate of the seven gunmen, but much has been said, whispered and sung about in the streets of West Kingston, with information surfacing at odd times, only to sink into rumour and misinformation. 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. Marlon James's bold undertaking traverses strange landscapes and shady characters, as motivations are examined and questions asked in this compelling novel of monumental scope and ambition
Summary
A tale inspired by the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley spans decades and continents to explore the experiences of journalists, drug dealers, killers and ghosts against a backdrop of period social and political turmoil
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2014.
  • Library Journal Best Books 2014
  • Man Booker Prize, 2015.
  • Minnesota Book Award for Novel & Short Story, 2015.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2014
Awards note
Man Booker Prize.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10351045
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Target audience
adult
Label
A brief history of seven killings, Marlon James
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 688 pages
Isbn
9781780749761
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781594633942
Label
A brief history of seven killings, Marlon James
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Dimensions
25 cm.
Extent
xiv, 688 pages
Isbn
9781780749761
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
(Sirsi) i9781594633942

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