Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Claes Wahlin about this year’s Man Booker-winner Marlon James – Aftonbladet

Man Booker Prize has recent years rewarded historical novels, certainly right disparate. Hilary Mantel two novels about Henry VIII’s minister Thomas Cromwell , Wolf Hall and Insert the dead , Eleanor Cattons Celestial , which takes place among gold miners in Australia in the mid-1800s and last year’s winners, Richard Flanagan The Narrow Road to the Deep North , the right terrible events in a Japanese prison camp in Burma during World War II, glances all backwards.

Last night was announced this year winner, neither was Anne Tyler The blue thread (the only one of the nominees that have been translated into Swedish), or pre-tipped; voluminous A Little Life , a novel about male friendship of the American Hanya Yanagihara . Was given the Jamaican writer Marlon James prize for his novel, A Brief History of seven killings , also of a historical nature.

Building on the assassination attempt Bob Marley 1976 portrays James Jamaica’s modern history through a tapestry of voices. Everything from the spirits of witnesses and murderers to US agents, and, of all people, Keith Richards pushers, reflects Jamaica’s right turbulent history.

It is James third novel, he has previously received numerous awards for his debut novel, The Book of Night Women (2009). James is not translated into Swedish, yet. Man Booker Prize is not only greatly increased sales, the price is also 50,000 pounds, nearly 650 000 Swedish kronor.


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