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

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread tells the twin stories of Jamaica’s nihilistic violence and its wondrously creative humanity and does truthful justice to both. It takes place in the worlds of the living and in the vivid afterlife of the dead, spanning Kingston ghettoes and Emperor Haile Selassie's palace in Addis Ababa.

At its heart are the human stories of deaf Leenah, who with her mother and daughter tells a powerful woman version of events; the relationship between Fall-down (a Kingston madman and fallen angel) and Delroy, an orphaned street-boy; and the meetings in the clock tower at Half Way Tree between Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey.

Not least of the novel's marvellous equations are the dread revenants who encourage the living to take responsibility for the future of the nation.

Written with an ear to music, this novel is a bass track of ancestral memory and the inexorable search for freedom.

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

Peepal Tree Press, October 2016



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