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James, Marlon. A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS. New York City, NY: Riverhead Books, 2014. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 688 pages. Fine/Fine.

The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the most sensational literary events of our time. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the British Edition, which was published six months later. Published in a very small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Marlon James' "A Brief History of Seven Killings". As is now well-known, the title is doubly ironic: It spans three decades, and at 688 pages, is not brief at all. At the same time, Bob Marley's life was very brief indeed: While he survived the ferocious attempt on his life, he soon died of cancer at the age of 36. With its cacophony of multiple, anguished voices, the novel is dense yet rewarding, a triumph of linguistic and literary virtuosity. "A great book. Its achievement goes far beyond opening up the terrible moment in the life of a great musician. He gives us the streets, the people, and especially the desperate, the Jamaicans whom Marley exhorted to: 'Open your eyes and look within: / Are you satisfied with the life you're living? ' " (The Boston Globe). Marley is not a character in the novel, whose single most brilliant stroke is that the story is told by (and is about) Marley's would-be killers. And then some. Marley is instead The Singer, an inescapable presence, whose actual life is telegraphed by Marlon James: Bullet points, as it were, about the single greatest Jamaican figure, a universal icon, who can only be gleaned from a distance, in a feat of novelistic poise. "An amazing novel of power, corruption, and lies. I can't think of a better one I've read this century" (Irvine Welsh). The single greatest "breakthrough" writer from the Caribbean since V. S. Naipaul. An absolute "must-have" title for Marlon James collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed, dated, and inscribed ("lined") in blue ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Marlon James 10.31.15 'Listen. Dead people never stop talking' ". The latter is the novel's stunning first two lines. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Chicago Humanities Festival 2015 Souvenir Program during which event his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed, dated, and inscribed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Almost all other copies available online are subsequent printings. The true first is the American. The British Edition was published six months later, and as such, does not have the same collectible value. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Booker Prize for "A Brief History of Seven Killings" in 2015. One of the most brilliant living novelists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 159448600X. $1200.00

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