Fiston Mwanza Mujila
Fiston Mwanza Mujila was born in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, in 1981, and writes poetry, prose, and theater that he sometimes translates himself into German. He composes his texts “like a jazz musician, like a saxophonist.” They often react to the political tumult resulting from Congolese independence and its impact on everyday life. Mujila today lives in Graz, were he teaches African literature at Universität Graz and works with musicians in Austria on various projects. In 2010 he received a prize for the best play from Staatstheater Mainz, while his first novel Tram 83 was placed on the long list of the Man Booker International Prize and the Prix du Monde and was awarded the Etisalat Prize for Literature and the Internationaler Literaturpreis from Der Haus der Kulturen der Welt.