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A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS - Rare Fine Copy of The First Softcover Edition/First Printing: Signed, Dated, And Inscribed ("Lined") by Marlon James

James, Marlon

Published by New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2015
ISBN 10: 1594633940 / ISBN 13: 9781594633942
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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.

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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". 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. 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

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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
Chicago Tribune
The Washington Post
The Boston Globe
Time
Newsweek
The Huffington Post
The Seattle Times
The Houston Chronicle
Publishers Weekly
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Salon
Kansas City Star
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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).

Product Description: 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).

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