Author Marlon James has won the prestigious Man Booker award for his novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, which fictionalizes the 1976 attempted murder of singer Bob Marley. It’s an “uncompromising novel not for the faint of heart. It brims with shocking gang violence, swearing, graphic sex, drug crime but also, said the judges, a lot of laughs.”
In a rarity, the decision was unanimous.
Meanwhile, this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature went to Belarusian journalist and author Svetlana Alexievich: “I’ve been searching for a literary method that would allow the closest possible approximation to real life. Reality has always attracted me like a magnet, it tortured and hypnotised me, I wanted to capture it on paper. So I immediately appropriated this genre of actual human voices and confessions, witness evidences and documents. This is how I hear and see the world – as a chorus of individual voices and a collage of everyday details. This is how my eye and ear function. In this way all my mental and emotional potential is realised to the full. In this way I can be simultaneously a writer, reporter, sociologist, psychologist and preacher.”
— October 2015