Marlon James

Marlon James is a Jamaican novelist known for his rich storytelling and complex characters. He won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel 'A Brief History of Seven Killings'.


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  1. 1. A Brief History of Seven Killings

    "A Brief History of Seven Killings" is a multi-voiced novel that explores the attempted assassination of a world-famous reggae singer and its aftermath. The narrative spans decades, starting from the turbulent 1970s in Jamaica through the crack wars in 1980s New York to the changing world of the 1990s. The story is told from the perspectives of various characters, including gangsters, journalists, and CIA agents, providing a complex and gritty insight into the violent underbelly of Jamaican politics and the far-reaching influence of the drug trade.

    The 1364th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Black Leopard, Red Wolf

    "Black Leopard, Red Wolf" is a gripping and fantastical tale set in a mythical and ancient African world. The story follows Tracker, a skilled hunter with a keen sense of smell, who is hired to find a missing boy. As Tracker embarks on his dangerous journey, he encounters a diverse cast of characters, including witches, giants, and shape-shifters. Amidst the treacherous landscapes and political turmoil, Tracker's search for the truth becomes intertwined with his own personal quest for identity and redemption. With its richly imagined world and lyrical prose, this epic fantasy explores themes of love, power, and the blurred boundaries between good and evil.

    The 6653rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Moon Witch, Spider King

    The book is a richly woven tapestry of African mythology, fantasy, and history, told from the perspective of an immortal witch with the power to control minds. As the second installment in a series, it delves into the complex and tumultuous life of the witch, who is both feared and revered in her world. Her story intersects with that of a young man destined to become a legendary fighter, and together, their narratives explore themes of power, identity, and the nature of truth. Set against a backdrop of warring kingdoms and political intrigue, the novel is a dark and compelling saga that expands upon the vibrant universe established by its predecessor.

    The 10310th Greatest Book of All Time