Marlon James
SEASON PERFORMANCE
Marlon James
Thu, Feb 27, 2020 at 8PM
Royce Hall

UCLA student tickets on sale Mon, Sep 23

“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.

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