Fiston Mwanza Mujila [Congo / Austria, 1981]
Fiston Mwanza Mujila grew up in Lubumbashi in the Congo, but left his war-torn home country in 2007 so that he could write without censorship in Austria. The Congo continues to play a major role in his work, however – the chaos, the violence, life in a dictatorship and the confusion, fear and uncertainty that brings with it feature prominently in his poems. In both his poetry and in his prose, he works like a jazz musician, with repetition, layering and associative use of words, resulting in a polyphonic text rich with meaning. This musicality also characterises his phenomenal performances. Mwanza had his international breakthrough in 2016 with his debut novel Tram 83, which was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.
READING: Sunday 16 June, 18:20 hrs - Jurriaanse Zaal