Born in Belgium to a Swiss mother and a Gabonese father. Grew up in Europe, United States of America and Africa. After finishing HEC Paris (École des hautes études commerciales de Paris) and a career in international finance in Geneva, she acquired a PhD in Anthropology and wrote her first novel in 1999. Her novel Les Taches d’encre (Ink Stains), published in 2001 by Serpent à Plumes, won the Fénéon award, and her novel Cueillez-moi, jolis Messieurs… (Pick Me Nice Gentlemen), published by Gallimard, was awarded with the Grand Prix littéraire d’Afrique noire in 2007. As a storyteller of the everyday life, Bessora draws her inspiration from the mundane, but also from the theatre, the art and the cinema. Oftentimes satirical, her texts deal with topics such as exclusion, class struggle, relationships in the time of social media, while between the lines they examine stereotypes and identity fluctuations. Her clear and authentic, exceptionally powerful voice moves the heart and, far from any kind of despair, tells a shocking story about the sorrows and illusions of migrants.
Alpha lives alone in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire ever since his wife and son left for Paris without a visa. He has heard nothing from them since. Desperate, he decides to leave everything behind in order to find them. He can take different routes to Europe, but he faces possibly years of illegal travelling.