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 Haile Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion.

Review 31

The ancestors have awakened. Somebody has called them. The long-dead are stirring. Jah ways are mysterious ways

Available July 31, 2018

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread

Fiction by Marcia Douglas

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Paperback (published July 31, 2018)

ISBN
9780811227865
Trim Size
5x8
Page Count
304pp

Ebook (published November 16, 2017)

ISBN
9780811227872

Marcia Douglas

Jamaican American writer

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 Haile Selassie discuss the relative merits of routes to Zion.

Review 31

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