Bocas Lit Fest

The Children of Sisyphus

Country of Authorship: Jamaica
Author: Orlando Patterson
Genre: Fiction

Publisher: Peepal Tree Press

Publication Year: 1964

Synopsis

Orlando Patterson’s first novel was inspired by existentialist Albert Camus, and is the “brutally poetic” portrayal of Jamaica’s Rastafarian community that depicts the lives of those trapped in the poverty, crime, and religious extremism of the slums of Kingston.  

“The introduction by Kwame Dawes notes, amongst other things, how long before reggae became a public phenomena, Orlando Patterson taps into the well-springs of language and popular culture out of which reggae grew and defined the nation.” – Peepal Tree Press

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