Patrice Nganang is one of the most promising young francophone authors of African origin today. He has published three novels with French publishing houses as well as a collection of poems and a number of short stories. A fourth novel will be published by Gallimard in 2005. The author has received several awards for his works, such as the Prix CREPLA (1986) for the story "Histoire d'un enfant Quatr Z'yeux", the Prix Marguerite Yourcenar for francophone writers living in the USA, and the Grand prix littéraire de l'Afrique noire for his second novel, Temps de Chien.
Nganang was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon, on March 17, 1970. After an M.A. in German (Major) and Sciences of Education (Minor) at the University of Yaoundé, he continued his studies at the University of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, where he obtained a PhD in 1998 with a thesis on Bertold Brecht and Wole Soyinka. He has been an assistant professor of French and German at Shippensburg University since 2000. Apart from his literary works, he has published Interkulturalität und Bearbeitung. Untersuchung zu Soyinka und Brecht (1998) as well as a series of essays and scholarly articles on African literature and film. In his trilogy composed of La Promesse des Fleurs (1997), Temps de Chien (2001), and La Joie de Vivre (2003), the author depicts the poverty-stricken "sous-quartiers," or "under-quarters," of Yaoundé and Douala.