Title: A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - Rare ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2014
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 688 pages. Published in 2014. The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the most sensational literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition, which was published six months later. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings". The single greatest "breakthrough" writer from the Caribbean since V. S. Naipaul. 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). 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. This is one of very few such signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. The true first is the American. The British Edition was published six months later, and as such, does not have the same collectible value. 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 collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPIES OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 159448600X. Bookseller Inventory # 20052
Synopsis: Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize
A recipient of the 2015 American Book Award
One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 ? Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
A New York Times Book Review Notable Book
Named a best book of the year by:
The New York Times
The Washington Post
The Boston Globe
The Huffington Post
The Seattle Times
The Houston Chronicle
Kansas City Star
From the acclaimed author of The Book of Night Women comes a ?musical, electric, fantastically profane? (The New York Times) epic that explores the tumultuous world of Jamaica over the past three decades.
In A Brief History of Seven Killings, Marlon James combines brilliant storytelling with his unrivaled skills of characterization and meticulous eye for detail to forge an enthralling 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 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 much has been whispered, gossiped and sung about in the streets of West Kingston. Rumors abound regarding the assassins? fates, and there are suspicions that the attack was politically motivated.
A Brief History of Seven Killings delves deep into that dangerous and unstable time in Jamaica?s history and beyond. James deftly chronicles the lives of a host of unforgettable characters ? gunmen, drug dealers, one-night stands, CIA agents, even ghosts ? over the course of thirty years as they roam the streets of 1970s Kingston, dominate the crack houses of 1980s New York, and ultimately reemerge into the radically altered Jamaica of the 1990s. Along the way, they learn that evil does indeed cast long shadows, that justice and retribution are inextricably linked, and that no one can truly escape his fate.
Gripping and inventive, shocking and irresistible, A Brief History of Seven Killings is a mesmerizing modern classic of power, mystery, and insight.
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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