Max Lobe was born in Douala, Cameroon. At eighteen he moved to Switzerland, where he earned a BA in communications and journalism, as well as a master’s degree in public administration and politics.  His first novel 39 Rue de Berne, which portrays the lives of undocumented immigrants in the red-light district of Geneva, received the Prix du Roman des Romans 2014. His book Confidences on the war of independence in Cameroon received the Kourouma Prize for African literature 2017.