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Black Leopard, Red Wolf

Black Leopard, Red Wolf is a fantasy novel by Man Booker Prize-winning author Marlon James.

Marlon James

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: "He has a nose," people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is a hodgepodge, full of unusual characters with secrets of their own, including a shape-shifting man-animal known as Leopard.

As Tracker follows the boy's scent — from one ancient city to another; into dense forests and across deep rivers — he and the band are set upon by creatures intent on destroying them. As he struggles to survive, Tracker starts to wonder: Who, really, is this boy? Why has he been missing for so long? Why do so many people want to keep Tracker from finding him? And perhaps the most important questions of all: Who is telling the truth, and who is lying? (From Doubleday Canada)

From the book

The child is dead. There is nothing left to know.

I hear there is a queen in the south who kills the man who brings her bad news. So when I give word of the boy's death, do I write my own death with it? Truth eats lies just as the crocodile eats the moon, and yet my witness is the same today as it will be tomorrow. No, I did not kill him. Though I may have wanted him dead. Craved for it the way a glutton craves goat flesh. Oh, to draw a bow and fire it through his black heart and watch it explode black blood, and to watch his eyes for when they stop blinking, when they look but stop seeing, and to listen for his voice croaking and hear his chest heave in a death rattle saying, Look, my wretched spirit leaves this most wretched of bodies, and to smile at such tidings and dance at such a loss. Yes, I glut at the conceit of it. But no, I did not kill him.


From Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James ©2019. Published by Doubleday Canada.

Interviews with Marlon James

Man Booker Prize-winner Marlon James discusses his new novel, Black Leopard, Red Wolf, and opens up about his experience with a voluntary exorcism. 34:22
The winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize - the literary award for English language writing that pretty much guarantees international success - is our guest today. Marlon James won the prize for his murder mystery fiction - A Brief History of Seven Killings. And he stops by The Bridge while on tour for his latest release - a modern fantasy - Black Leopard, Red Wolf. 54:00
Marlon James won the Man Booker Prize in 2015, becoming the first Jamaican ever to receive the award. Here he talks to Eleanor Wachtel about his prize-winning novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, and how writing has allowed him to create a new reality. 52:06

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