The Story Behind Jamaica’s Violence

Author Marlon James discusses his Booker Prize-winning work, “A Brief History of Seven Killings,” on the topic of Jamaica’s historical violence. From the slum neighbourhoods of Kingston to the political divisiveness around Bob Marley’s “Smile Jamaica” concert and the assassination attempt against him during the 1970s, the novel uses a multitude of voices to tell the story of the hostility that gripped the island nation from the Cold War to the drug wars of the 1980s and 1990s.

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