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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2015 Man Booker Prize Winner: Marlon James for "A Brief History of Seven Killings"


  
The winner of the Man Booker Prize was announced today; Marlon James won the award for his novel A Brief History of Seven Killings.

I know virtually nothing about this Jamaican writer, but a bit of research reveals that he has written three novels:  His first novel, The Book of Night Women, is about a slave woman's revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century.  James's second novel, John Crow's Devil, tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators.