I was reading on summer holidays two books by Congolese (smaller one, Congo-Brazzaville) writer Alain Mabanckou: Verre Cassé (2005) and African Psycho (2003). Both are also translated into English. I learned about him from The Economist. Mabanckou was born in Congo, studied partly in France and currently seems to work in University of California. Mabanckou is a sort of African Rabelais – grotesque stories involve mixed lot of African immigrants and parody French of society. Mabanckou’s language, play with words and grotesque characters are enjoyable – good stuff.