read & meet: fiston mwanza mujila
Together with the Congolese writer Fiston Mwanza Mujila, we will discuss his debut novel, Tram 83 (Deep Vellum, 2015, translated by Roland Glasser). Participants are expected to have read the novel.
Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in 1981 in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where studied Literature and Human Sciences at Lubumbashi University. He now lives in Graz, Austria. His writing is a response to the political turbulence that has come in the wake of the independence of the Congo and its effect on day-to-day life. His debut novel Tram 83 has been awarded a French Voices 2014 grant and won the Grand Prix du Premier Roman des SGDL. It has also been longlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2016.
The ‘Read & Meet @ Passa Porta' reading club gives readers the chance to share their reading impressions not only with other readers, but also with the author. Current writer-in-residence Louis-Philippe Dalembert will host the discussion, which will take place in French.
The number of participants is limited, so make sure to book early.
Read an extract from Tram 83 on The Guardian online: Fiston Mwanza Mujila’s debut novel, a critique of neocolonialism featuring a cast of drunkards and dreamers, is the dazzling voice that DRC has been waiting for.
ORG. Passa Porta, Austrian Cultural Forum
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