“The Marvellous Equations of the Dread” (New Directions). Dub-side of Zion: Marcia Douglas and Jamaican her-story.

THE MARVELLOUS EQUATIONS OF THE DREAD: A NOVEL IN BASS RIDDIM The ancestors have awakened. Somebody has called them. Bob Marley, King Edward VII, Marcus Garvey, and Haile Selassie return from the afterlife.

Jah ways are mysterious ways.

New Directions is thrilled to announce the US debut of Marcia Douglas with the publication of her “mind-blowing” (PW) novel, The Marvellous Equations of The Dread.

From Kingston’s ghettoes to London, from Haile Selassie’s Ethiopian palace back to Jamaica, Marcia Douglas’ mythical reworking of three hundred years of violence is a ticket to the deep world of Rasta history.

This amazing novel—in bass riddim—carries the reader on a voyage all the way to the gates of Zion.

The Marvellous Equations of the Dread: a novel in bass riddim

“A pulsating tale about the transmigration of souls, Rasta dreams, and the powerful vibrations of consciousness passed down through generations. The Marvellous Equations of the Dread is a whirlwind of a novel that sways to an irresistible beat.” Vanity Fair

“Is me—Bob. Bob Marley.” Reincarnated as homeless Fall-down man, Bob Marley sleeps in a clock tower built on the site of a lynching in Half Way Tree, Kingston.

The ghosts of Marcus Garvey and King Edward VII are there too, drinking whiskey and playing solitaire.

No one sees that Fall-down is Bob Marley, no one but his long-ago love, the deaf woman, Leenah, and in the way of this otherworldly book, each day when Bob steps out into the street, five years have passed. Jah ways are mysterious ways.