“The Marvellous Equations of the Dread” among this summer’s best foreign novels


[Many thanks to Loretta Collins-Klobah for bringing this item to our attention.] Anderson Tepper (Vanity Fair) includes Marcia Douglas’s The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel in Bass Riddim among his summer recommendations in “These Are This Summer’s Best Foreign Novels.”

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: A Novel In Bass Riddim by Marcia Douglas (Courtesy of Peepal Tree Press Ltd.)  What is a novel in “bass riddim”? In Jamaican writer-performer Marcia Douglas’s hands, it’s a pulsating tale revolving around the return of Bob Marley’s spirit on a Kingston street corner dubbed Half Way Tree, which throbs with a history of lynching and uprisings. It’s about the transmigration of souls—Marley reappears in the body of a street prophet-madman, one of Jamaica’s so-called “fall-down angels”—but it also celebrates the reggae star’s very physical affair with a deaf woman named Leenah in late-70s London. It’s about Rasta dreams and the powerful vibrations of consciousness that are passed down through generations. (The ghosts of Haile Selassie and Marcus Garvey also make walk-on appearances at Half Way Tree.) Told in brief bursts, or “tracks,” The Marvellous Equations of the Dread (New Directions) is a whirlwind of a novel that sways to an irresistible beat. (Amazon.com)

For full article, see https://www.vanityfair.com/style/photos/2018/05/this-summers-best-foreign-books

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