Voices Under The Window
Mark Lattimer is chopped by a stranger in the heat of a riot. He has been attacked because he looks white and middle class, though he is a politically committed lawyer working for the poor and the nationalist movement in Jamaica.
John Hearne
ISBN number
Fiction, Novel
Country setting
Publication date
01 Sep 2005

Now he is trapped, brought to bleed his life away in a small, airless room, cut off from doctors, ambulances, police. As he dies, he talks to his companions, his black lover and a fellow party worker, and drifts into memories of his past: his privileged childhood, his time in London and the RAF, his affairs and marriage and the moment when he gives his allegiance to the poor. But now what meaning can be given to his life and death?

First published fifty years ago, Voices Under the Window is reissued in association with the Calabash International Literary Festival Trust as a work that, in the words of Colin Channer, is a ‘Molotov cocktail that ignites important questions of race and power ... questions still burning in Kingston today.’ In his insightful introduction, Kwame Dawes finds in Voices a novel that is wholly contemporary in its treatment of the personal and the political, that lives because it is a ‘deftly crafted work full of a sense of place and time, a work of psychological intensity and literary elegance.


John Hearne

Jamaican author John Hearne was the author of six highly praised novels: Voices under the Window, The Faces of Love (The Eye of the Storm in the USA), Stranger at the Gate, The Autumn Equinox, Land of the Living and the Sure Salvation.
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