A Brief History of Seven Killings

A Brief History of Seven Killings

by

Marlon James

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Peter Nasser Character Analysis

Peter Nasser is a Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) politician who collaborates with Josey Wales in planning the shooting at the Singer’s house. In the 1980 election, the JLP are victorious and Nasser becomes Prime Minister. Nasser is presented as having the negative qualities associated with politicians: he is corrupt, dishonest, power-obsessed, and––according to Josey––he confuses representing people with “owning” them.
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Peter Nasser Character Timeline in A Brief History of Seven Killings

The timeline below shows where the character Peter Nasser appears in A Brief History of Seven Killings. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 13
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...with both him and Shotta Sherrif, though he interacts with them separately. For three months, Peter Nasser and two white men have been coming to the ghetto to see Josey. Papa-Lo... (full context)
Part 2, Sir Arthur George Jennings
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...walks into the living room and speaks to another man. His wife shouts his name, Peter, but he tells her to go back to bed. The other man tells Peter that... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
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...Josey cannot sleep, and listens to Weeper having sex inside his Datsun. He thinks about Peter Nasser, who he knows has already been plotting to get rid of Josey “when things... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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...sleep; something is troubling his spirit. He feels that Cubans have “infiltrated” Jamaica. Last year, Peter Nasser warned Papa-Lo to tell the community not to eat anything made with flour. Papa-Lo... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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Josey has an appointment with Doctor Love, a Cuban man. Both Peter Nasser and Louis Johnson have tried to control Josey’s access to Doctor Love, but have... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10
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...glass of juice to the floor and immediately sets off for Josey’s house. In January Peter Nasser called Papa-Lo for the last time, telling him the IMF (International Monetary Fund) were... (full context)
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...City, but were then chased out by the residents and had to be rescued by Nasser. At this point, Josey officially became “a man of the people.”  (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 5
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After the attack on the Singer’s house, Peter Nasser called Josey and furiously asked how he could be “the first man in history... (full context)
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Josey goes to the Lady Pink Go-Go Club with Peter Nasser. The two men discuss the peace treaty and the Singer’s imminent return for the... (full context)
Part 4, Sir Arthur George Jennings
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...travels to Germany for more medical treatment. The JLP win the election, and the man (Peter Nasser) who murdered Jennings is now in power. On May 11, 1981, the Singer dies... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 4
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...Josey replies: “No. You know I never think about the fucking past.” Josey notes that Peter Nasser is now hoping to be knighted and is thus praying that his past doesn’t... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 7
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...looks around the prison cell and observes that it’s falling apart. Josey tells him that Peter Nasser tried to threaten him, worried that Josey is about to snitch on him. Doctor... (full context)