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Central America and the Caribbean

Backyard Boom


Marlon James, Eduardo Halfon and Ane Farsethås

Saturday 15. September 2018, 19:30 until 21:00

Venue: Wergeland

Host: Litteraturhuset

Entrance: Free entry

Can we talk about a literary and cultural renaissance in Central America and the Caribbean? How does this manifest in literature, music and pop culture? In what way is the region influenced by its proximity to the US, and what traces from colonial times and slavery exist in contemporary culture and literature?

Jamaican Marlon James saw a commercial breakthrough with the novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which revolves around the very real attempted assassination of Jamaica’s great son, Bob Marley. In his new literary project, James has turned to African mythology.

The family history of Guatemalan Eduardo Halfon is also marked by the violence in modern history: after surviving the Holocaust, his European grandfather ended up in Latin America. Halfon’s exploration of his Jewish history and his family’s European roots is central to both his novels available in Norwegian, The Polish Boxer and Mourning. Stylistically, his writing is within the European modernist tradition.

Two writers, whose very different literary projects both explore language, identity and real historical events and how they affect individual lives and fates. James and Halfon will meet cultural editor of Morgenbladet, Ane Farsethås, for a conversation.