Creativity 50 2015

Creativity 50 2015: Marlon James


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Marlon James
Marlon James Credit: David Turner courtesy Macalester College

Marlon James joins a long list of acclaimed novelists who have spent time in the advertising trenches. It includes literary lions like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Salman Rushdie, top sellers like James Patterson and recent entries like Smith Henderson.

Like many of those writers, James didn't make a name for himself writing about adland. Rather, this year's "A Brief History of Seven Killings," his third novel, is a multigenerational, multi-viewpoint historical tale of Jamaica's gangland warfare, the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, the CIA and much more. A critical hit, the novel won the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

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