The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim

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$16.95  $15.59
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
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Pages
304
Dimensions
5.3 X 0.8 X 7.9 inches | 0.7 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811227865
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About the Author

MARCIA DOUGLAS is the author of novels and poems and performs the one-woman show, "Natural Her-Story." She teaches creative writing and Caribbean literature at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her The Marvellous Equations of the Dread was longlisted for the 2016 Republic of Consciousness Prize and the 2017 OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature.

Reviews

A magical realist journey through the history of Rastafarianism, Bob Marley & Jamaica--not necessarily in that order. Rhapsodic, poetic, scripturally engaged and endlessly inventive. Not only is the electric atmosphere of Jamaica evoked with sensuousness, delicacy and love; so is the 'dub-side, ' a studio yard just the other side of death, where Bob Marley and a toothless and lisping Halle Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion.
A vast panorama of a small corner of Kingston, a musical novel where the music is reggae, a historical documentary set in the present: As the illustrious and anonymous living and dead materialize to reenact, retell, and undo their life stories, it's impossible to resist reading these voices out loud, adding your own to this orchestrated hubbub.--Eliot Weinberger
The spirit of Bob Marley dominates this novel, which evokes the rich, bottom-heavy sounds of Marley's music. You can't tell the living and the dead here without a score card, and a score card would be too linear... Think of this book as a haunted island with spectral voices and inscrutable mysteries.-- (04/16/2018)
A pulsating tale revolving around the return of Bob Marley's spirit on a Kingston street corner dubbed Half Way Tree--it's about the transmigration of souls, Rasta dreams, and the powerful vibrations of consciousness passed down through generations. A whirlwind of a novel that sways to an irresistible beat.
A lyrical convocation of reggae, roots healing, the history of Half Way Tree, of duppies and fearsome body-swapping, of dangerous youthmen and deliberate revolution--here is prose steeped deep in portents, parables, and a profusion of signs. Marcia Douglas lets the sounds fall from on high, in prose that chants down Babylon and confirms the coming, sweeter than can be reckoned, of Zion.
Marcia Douglas's book is as marvellous as its title - one of the most stunning new works of Jamaican fiction I have had the pleasure of reading. The novel that is not unlike the island that it tries to capture - as musical as it is brutal, and here is writing as full of poetic heft as it is of narrative drive; even as you want to linger and relish in the language, the novel demands that you turn the page.
Mind-blowing.
Rhapsodic, poetic, scripturally engaged and endlessly inventive. Not only is the electric atmosphere of Jamaica evoked with sensuousness, delicacy and love; so is the 'dub-side, ' a studio yard just the other side of death, where Bob Marley and a toothless and lisping Haile Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion.
A powerful woman-centered version of Jamaican her-story.
Miraculous.--Matt Alston (01/04/2019)
Brave and strange: in the great cosmic scheme of this book there's constant traffic between this world and the next.--Colin Grant"Chanting Down Babylon" (10/10/2019)
Marvellous Equations of the Dread is a celebration of the conflicted Jamaican experience. The women in Marcia Douglas's books are proud women: they are the descendants of Queen Nanny, the Maroon chieftain who, according to legend, could catch the bullets of the British soldiers between her teeth.
Marvellous Equations of the Dread harkens back to the past of slavery, oppression, and violence to account for the situation in Jamaica today...Mystical.
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