Jamaican author Marlon James wins prestigious Literary Prize

Marlon James won the prestigious prize for his novel inspired by the attempted assassination of Bob Marley in the 1970s.

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Marlon James – photo AP

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist currently residing in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the USA.  He won the prize for his novel titled,  A Brief History of Seven Killings, “It’s a visceral and uncompromising novel that sheds a stark light on a profoundly disturbing chapter of Jamaica’s history, but it’s also an ingeniously structured feat of storytelling that draws the reader in with its eye-catching use of language,” said Jonathan Ruppin, web editor at Foyles bookshops. Read complete story here!

James is a 1991 graduate of the University of the West Indies where he read Language and Literature. He received a master’s degree in creative writing from Wilkes University (2006. James has taught English and creative writing at Macalester College since 2007.

He has published two other novels: The Book of Night Women (2009), John Crow’s Devil (2010.

His first novel, The Book of Night Women, is about a slave woman’s revolt in a Jamaican plantation in the early 19th century.  James’s second novel, John Crow’s Devil, tells the story of a biblical struggle in a remote Jamaican village in 1957. His most recent novel, 2014’s A Brief History of Seven Killings, explores several decades of Jamaican history and political instability through the perspectives of many narrators. It won the fiction category of the 2015 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature and the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, having been the first book by a Jamaican author ever to be shortlisted.

Man Booker Prize

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction — previously called the Booker-McConnell Prize and now known as the Booker Prize— is a literary prize awarded each year for the best original novel, written in the English language, and published in the UK.

The winner of the Man Booker Prize is generally assured of international renown and success; therefore, the prize is of great significance for the book trade. From its inception, only Commonwealth, Irish and Zimbabwean citizens were eligible to receive the prize; in 2013, however, this eligibility was widened to any English language novel.

This is the second year the Man Booker prize has been open to all authors writing in English, regardless of nationality.

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This year’s shortlisted authors: (from left) Sunjeev Sahota, Chigozie Obioma, Hanya Yanagihara, Anne Tyler, Tom McCarthy and Marlon James – photo AP

The Booker Prize is greeted with great anticipation and fanfare. It is also a mark of distinction for authors to be selected for inclusion in the shortlist (finalists) or even to be nominated for the long list (nominees).

By Karl A. Haughton

Source: BBC.Com

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