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Author Marlon James on 'post-post-colonial' writers

Look at the syllabus of any 20th century Literature course and it will probably have a section on "post-colonial" writing.

The term is used to describe literature which addresses the experience of growing up in newly independent former colonial nations. The Jamaican author Marlon James has just published his third novel - called A Brief History of Seven Killings - which is based around the 1976 attempted assassination of Bob Marley.

He told Today presenter James Naughtie that his generation of writers are now "post-post-colonial".

First broadcast on the Today programme on 22 October 2014

  • 22 Oct 2014