Booker Prize Winner Marlon James for Writing ‘Game of Thrones’


Salmon Rushdie described him as “one of the most important voices of his literary generation” and “a must-read author”. Booker Prize winner Marlon James talks to Eve Jackson about the trilogy dubbed “Africa’s Game of Thrones”. The first book of the Dark Star epic fantasy trilogy, “Black Leopard, Red Wolf”, has been translated into French and more than 20 other languages. The film is set in ancient Africa and explores personal identity, the pursuit of truth, and the limits of power. The book also depicts an Africa where gender fluidity was accepted in pre-colonial times.

They also discussed how his first novel “The Devil of John Crow” was rejected more than 70 times, prompting him to burn the manuscript; the life-changing impact of winning the Booker Prize for her third novel “A Brief History of the Seven Murders”; and how the all-white cast of “The Hobbit” led him to write an epic story set in Africa.


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