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The Resource A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

Label
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Title
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Statement of responsibility
Marlon James
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Language
eng
Summary
Winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize One of the Top 10 Books of 2014 – Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times A "thrilling, ambitious . . . intense" (Los Angeles Times) novel that explores the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the late 1970s, from the author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf 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
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
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10351045
Cataloging source
DLC
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1970-
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James, Marlon
Dewey number
813.6
Index
index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Fiction
  • Literature
  • Historical Fiction
Target audience
adult
Label
A Brief History of Seven Killings
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Publication
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OVERDRIVE:61f354b2-62a3-4d92-92ac-f80331c6b630
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780698170506
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
A Brief History of Seven Killings
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:61f354b2-62a3-4d92-92ac-f80331c6b630
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780698170506
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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