Title: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2015
Binding: Soft cover
Book Condition: As New
Dust Jacket Condition: None, As Issued
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 688 pages. Published in 2015. The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the most sensational literary events of our time. The First Softcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent printings. Please note: Most copies of the first as well as all other multiple subsequent printings have the "Booker Prize" seal on the cover. Released before the October 13, 2015 Booker Prize Award, this copy of the First Softcover Edition does NOT have the seal. It is now rare. Presents Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings". As is now well-known, the title is doubly ironic: It spans three decades, and at 688 pages, is not brief at all. At the same time, Bob Marley's life was very brief indeed: While he survived the ferocious attempt on his life, he soon died of cancer at the age of 36. With its cacophony of multiple, anguished voices, the novel is dense yet rewarding, a triumph of linguistic and literary virtuosity. "A great book. Its achievement goes far beyond opening up the terrible moment in the life of a great musician. He gives us the streets, the people, and especially the desperate, the Jamaicans whom Marley exhorted to: 'Open your eyes and look within: / Are you satisfied with the life you're living? ' " (The Boston Globe). Marley is not a character in the novel, whose single most brilliant stroke is that the story is told by (and is about) Marley's would-be killers. And then some. Marley is instead The Singer, an inescapable presence, whose actual life is telegraphed by Marlon James: Bullet points, as it were, about the single greatest Jamaican figure, a universal icon, who can only be gleaned from a distance, in a feat of novelistic poise. "An amazing novel of power, corruption, and lies. I can't think of a better one I've read this century" (Irvine Welsh). The single greatest "breakthrough" writer from the Caribbean since V. S. Naipaul. An absolute "must-have" title for Marlon James collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") in blue ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Marlon James 10.31.15 'Listen. Dead people never stop talking' ". The latter is the novel's stunning first two lines. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2015 Souvenir Program during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") copy of the First Softcover Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Most copies of the first as well as all other multiple subsequent printings have the "Booker Prize" seal on the cover. Released before the October 13, 2015 Booker Prize Award, this copy of the First Softcover Edition does NOT have the seal. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize for "A Brief History of Seven Killings" in 2015. One of the most brilliant novelists of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPIES OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1594633940. Bookseller Inventory # 20086
Synopsis: A ?thrilling, ambitious . . . intense? (Los Angeles Times) novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s.
In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines masterful storytelling with his unrivaled skill at characterization and his meticulous eye for detail to forge a novel of dazzling ambition and scope.
On December 3, 1976, just before the Jamaican general election and two days before Bob Marley was to play the Smile Jamaica Concert to ease political tensions in Kingston, seven unnamed gunmen stormed the singer?s house, machine guns blazing. The attack wounded Marley, his wife, and his manager, and injured several others. Little was officially released about the gunmen, but rumors abounded regarding the assassins? fates. A Brief History of Seven Killings is James?s fictional exploration of that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica?s history and beyond. Deftly spanning decades and continents and peopled with a wide range of characters?assassins, drug dealers, journalists, and even ghosts?James brings to life the people who walked the streets of 1970s Kingston, who dominated the crack houses of 1980s New York, and who reemerged into a radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Brilliantly inventive, A Brief History of Seven Killings is an ?exhilarating? ( The New York Times) epic that?s been called ?a tour de force? ( The Wall Street Journal).
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, October 2014: This is a book that I did not expect to enjoy. Having finished it?and feeling, as I do now, that A Brief History of Seven Killings is one of the best books I?ve read all year?I went back and identified the reasons why I did not expect to like it. Reason #1? The story is an oral history told in multiple voices: that?s true, but James? enormous talent makes the multiple voices work. Reading the novel is an immersive experience?the characters are real, they are engaging, and James uses them to look at all sides of the story. Yes, the multiple points-of-view are difficult at first, but each voice quickly distinguishes itself as unique and important; the payoff is a novel of sweeping scope and emotion. Reason #2?Many of the characters speak in Jamaican patois: like many readers, I?m not a big fan of dialect on the page. Tell me what they say, not necessarily how they say it. But James pulls it off with remarkable ease. I expected the patois to start to grate once I got further into the book. It never did. The language only added to my understanding of the story and its characters. Reason #3?Violence: this is not an easy book, particularly when it comes to violence. It starts early, and there?s a lot of it (certainly more than seven killings). But it?s there for a reason. By showing the violence, the poverty, and the struggle to survive in 70s Jamaica, James illustrates how the ghetto can change a person. Over time, we see how every man and woman is changed. Reason #4 ?It?s about Jamaica: I hesitate to admit that I wasn?t initially interested in a book set in Jamaica. Am I just not interested in a world so different from mine? Whatever the underlying reason, I was wrong to think that way. I could take the easy route and say that this novel is about something more than Jamaica, but that seems obvious. All I can say is: these people were real to me. And like all great novels, James? work drew me in, entertained me, and changed me in ways I could not have anticipated. ?Chris Schluep
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