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A big deal in literary circles!

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 10:00 AM
Marlon James

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Congrats are well in order for Jamaican writer, Marlon James, winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for his novel "A Brief History of Seven Killings" (Riverhead Books).

This is considered a big deal in literature, and once again puts the spotlight on the outstanding talents of our people, putting us head to head with our international counterparts anywhere we go.

The Booker Award is one of the most significant awards in the literary world, so having a Jamaican win this, writing about a Jamaican theme, is highly significant. James who has written two other novels before, based the award winning book on the story of the 1976 assassination attempt on Bob Marley and the narrators reflected on the political and cultural climate in Jamaica as well, to paint the background to the story.

Marlon James at the award ceremony in London gave due credit to Bob Marley and reggae music whom he described as his inspiration, and "the first to recognise that the voice coming out of our mouths was a legitimate voice for fiction and for poetry".

Winning this coveted prize is without doubt another positive representation of our country, and people, internationally. It is hoped that Mr James outstanding achievement will also be recognised locally.

P.Chin