James, Marlon. A BRIEF HISTORY OF SEVEN KILLINGS: THE BOOKER PRIZE COMMEMORATIVE EDITION. London, England: Oneworld Publications, 2015. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 688 pages. As New.

The author's breakthrough third novel. One of the most sensational literary events of our time. The Booker Prize Commemorative Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only to commemorate the novel's well-deserved win. As far as we know, this is the very first time a Booker Prize Winner was recognized and celebrated as such, especially considering that the novel remains available in multiple subsequent printings as a regular trade edition. The production values (realized by James Jones) are exemplary in every respect: Regular-sized volume format. Pictorial hard boards with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Printed on pristine-white, archival stock paper in London to the highest standards. Without DJ, as issued. Re-presents, in a brilliant Commemorative Edition format, 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 and inscribed ("lined") in blue ink-pen on the title page by the author: "Marlon James. 'Dead people never stop talking' ". The latter is the novel's stunning (and by now, iconic) second line. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Laid-in is a pristine copy of the Souvenir Material of the event during which his signature was obtained. This title is a great book. This is one of very few such signed and inscribed ("lined") copies of the Booker Prize Commemorative First Edition Thus/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A scarce 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 copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPIES OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 1780749767. $100.00

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