Marlon James became the first Jamaican author to make the short list for the prestigious Man Booker prize for fiction on Tuesday as his “A Brief History of Seven Killings” which centers on the attempted assassination of Bob Marley. James was among the six novels selected by a panel of judges and is the first Jamaican finalist for the prestigious prize.
In an interview with Gawker about his book “A Brief History of Seven Killings”, James said
“I wanted a picture of Jamaica that isn’t in books, and certainly not in novels.”
Based around the 1976 assassination attempt on singer Bob Marley, Seven Killings details how one event, and its aftereffects, can ricochet for decades.[embedplusvideo height=”390″ width=”640″ editlink=”http://bit.ly/1Y7YJot” standard=”http://www.youtube.com/v/CDPf2dPzqdQ?fs=1&vq=hd720″ vars=”ytid=CDPf2dPzqdQ&width=640&height=390&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=1&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=” id=”ep1311″ /]
Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1970. He graduated from the University of the West Indies with a degree in literature. He currently teaches a creative writing course in Minnesota and is working on his next novel.