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Marlon James - Longlist author interview

Marlon James - Longlist author interview

In the latest in our series of interviews with Man Booker Prize 2015 longlisted authors, we speak to Marlon James author of A Brief History of Seven Killings.


 


What has it been like to be longlisted?


Fantastic and surreal. My literary sensibilities have been shaped by Booker winners, shortlisters and longlisters from I was a kid studying literature on high school.


 


What are you working on next?


Something set in the 11th century.


 


What are you reading at the moment?


Clarice Lispector, The Complete Stories.


 


What is your favourite Man Booker-winning novel?


The Line Of Beauty.


 


A Brief History of Seven Killings contains some 75 characters. What was your reasoning behind using such a crowd?


That's just it, reason had to go out the window!  I had to get the point where my inner critic stopped questioning my moves, because often I was moving without a second thought or even a first one. It was the riskiest thing I had ever done and reasoning had nothing to do with it.


 

Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings
Marlon James A Brief History of Seven Killings