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Marlon James - Author

About the Author

Marlon James was born in Kingston, Jamaica. John Crow’s Devil is his debut novel, published in North America in 2005 to widespread acclaim. It was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. His second novel, The Book of Night Women (Oneworld 2009), won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His third novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings (Oneworld 2014) won the American Book Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Fiction Prize, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and featured in over twenty best books of the year lists. His short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in Esquire and Granta. He teaches at Macalester College, Minnesota, USA.

 

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Featured books by Marlon James

Other books by Marlon James

Breve historia de siete asesinatos

Breve historia de siete asesinatos

Author: Marlon James Format: eBook Release Date: 04/04/2016

Construida sobre los testimonios ficticios de quienes participaron en aquellos acontecimientos (sicarios, mafiosos, politicos o espias; victimas y verdugos; simples espectadores e, incluso, algun fantasma), "e;Breve historia de siete asesinatos"e; nos lleva al corazon de las tinieblas jamaicanas recorriendo tres decadas turbulentas e infinidad de episodios estremecedores (no exentos, pese a todo, de un elemento comico). Manejada con increible pericia, la estructura coral permite a Marlon James plasmar los hechos desde multiples perspectivas y texturas verbales. Ese aspecto esencial del relato, la volcanica trama del habla, era un autentico desafio literario que los escritores Javier Calvo y Wendy Guerra han logrado superar de forma brillante en su esplendida traduccion.

John Crow's Devil

John Crow's Devil

Author: Marlon James Format: eBook Release Date: 10/09/2015

With language as taut as classic works by Cormac McCarthy and a richness reminiscent of early Toni Morrison, this stunning debut is set in Jamess native Jamaica.On a day beginning with a bad omen - black vultures, locally called John Crows, crash through the church windows a man calling himself Apostle York set pon Pastor Bligh like when you beat a mangy dog and evicts the drunken pastor. So begins a fire-and-brimstone power mongering that sets the village on a path to destruction. James combines evangelical ideas about spiritual warfare with the folk traditions of voodoo and magic, producing a transfixing blend of horror and metaphor. The result is a mesmerizing treatise on the nature of good and evil, faith and madness, guilt and forgiveness.

Book of Night Women

Book of Night Women

Author: Marlon James Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2014

This is the story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the Night Womena clandestine council of fierce slaves plotting an island-wide revoltrecognize a dark force in her that they treat with both reverence and fear. But as Lilith comes of age and begins to understand her own feelings and identity, she dares to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman. And as rebellions simmer and unspoken jealousies intensify, Liliths powers and sense of purpose threaten not just her own destiny, but the destinies of all the slave women in Jamaica.

The Book of Night Women

The Book of Night Women

Author: Marlon James Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/10/2014

By the Man Booker-winning author Marlon James, this is the powerful story of Lilith, born into slavery on a Jamaican sugar plantation at the end of the eighteenth century. Even at her birth, the Night Women - a clandestine council of fierce slaves plotting an island-wide revolt - recognize a dark force in her that they treat with both reverence and fear. But as Lilith comes of age and begins to understand her own feelings and identity, she dares to push at the edges of what is imaginable for the life of a slave woman. And as rebellions simmer and unspoken jealousies intensify, Lilith's powers and sense of purpose threaten not just her own destiny, but the destinies of all the slave women in Jamaica.