About Olivier Guez

Oliver Guez  is the author of novels and essays translated into more than thirty languages notably American spleen, L’Impossible retour (A History of Jews in Germany since 1945), Praise of Dodging and The Revolutions of Jacques Koskas. His The Disappearance of Josef Mengele, released this year by Verso, was the recipient of the 2017 prix Renaudot. It has been translated worldwide and is currently being adapted for the screen. Guez is also the co-author of the screenplay Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer (Fritz Bauer, a German Hero), for which he won the 2016 German Oscar for best screenplay. As a journalist, he has contributed to Le Monde, Point, the New York Times, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, and the Corriere della Sera. He has lived in England, Nicaragua, Brussels, Berlin, and Paris, and currently lives in Rome.

About The Disappearance of Josef Mengele

An extraordinary novel about one of history’s most reviled figures For three decades, until the day he collapsed in the Brazilian surf in 1979, Josef Mengele, the Angel of Death who performed horrific experiments on the prisoners of Auschwitz, floated through South America in linen suits, keeping two steps ahead of Mossad agents, international police and the world’s journalists. In this rigorously researched factual novel—drawn almost entirely from historical documents—Olivier Guez traces Mengele’s footsteps through these years of flight. This chilling novel situates the reader in a literary manhunt on the trail of one of the most elusive and evil figures of the twentieth century.

    Copyright: Claude Truong-Ngoc


This event is made possible thanks to the support of the Villa Albertine

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