Marlon James
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Marlon James
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 8PM
Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater, Kaufman Hall

PLEASE NOTE: This event has been moved to Glorya Kaufman Dance Theater at Kaufman Hall. All current ticket holders will need to check in at Will Call to get new tickets for their reassigned seats. Parking for this event has been reassigned to Lot 4. Box office opens 90 mins before curtain. If you have questions please call the UCLA Central Ticket Office at (310) 825-2101.

“The fictional Africa in Black Leopard Red Wolf feels like a place mapped by Gabriel García Márquez and Hieronymus Bosch with an assist from Salvador Dalí.” —The New York Times

Marlon James won the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction for A Brief History of Seven Killings, making him the first Jamaican author to take home the U.K.’s most prestigious literary award. In the book, James combines masterful storytelling with brilliant skill at characterization and an eye for detail to forge a bold novel of dazzling ambition and scope. He explores Jamaican history through the perspectives of multiple narrators and genres. The political thriller, the oral biography and the classic whodunit confront the untold history of Jamaica in the 1970s, with excursions to the assassination attempt on reggae musician Bob Marley, as well as the country’s own clandestine battles during the Cold War. 

His newest work, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, is a surreal fantasy epic that has been described by The New Yorker “as an African Game of Thrones.” The New York Times critic Michiko Kakutani calls it “the literary equivalent of a Marvel Comics universe—filled with dizzying, magpie references to old movies and recent TV, ancient myths and classic comic books, and fused into something new and startling by his gifts for language and sheer inventiveness.” Come hear what all the excitement is about.

Photo by Mark Seliger

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