Fiston Mwanza Mujila

Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Fiston Mwanza Mujila has been awarded with numerous writing prizes, including the Gold Medal at the 6th Jeux de la Francophonie in Beirut. His poems, prose works, and plays are reactions to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His debut novel, Tram 83, plunged the reader into the modern African gold rush, caused a literary sensation upon its publication in France, and has drawn comparisons to Fitzgerald, Céline, García Márquez, Hunter S. Thompson, and even Hieronymus Bosch and John Coltrane.