Portrait Olivier Guez
© Ali Ghandtschi

Guest 2018, 2020, 2021.


La grande alliance

[Mit Frédéric Encel]


Paris, 2003


Die Mauer fällt

[Mit Jean-Marc Gonin]


München, 2009

[Ü: Helmut Reuter]


Heimkehr der Unerwünschten

Eine Geschichte der Juden in Deutschland nach 1945


München, 2011

[Ü: Helmut Reuter]


American Spleen


Paris, 2012


Eloge de l’esquive

Editions Grasset et Fasquelle

Paris, 2014


Das Verschwinden des Josef Mengele


Berlin, 2018

[Ü: Nicola Denis]


Koskas und die Wirren der Liebe


Berlin, 2020

[Ü: Nicola Denis]


Olivier Guez [ France, Italy ]

Olivier Guez, born in Strasbourg in 1974, is a French writer. He graduated from Sciences Po Strasbourg and earned a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and the Collège dʼEurope in Bruges. As a journalist, he has written for »Le Monde«, »Le Point«, »FAZ«, »The New York Times«, and »Il Corriere delle Sera«.

Guez earned his reputation as an author with his 2007 book »LʼImpossible retour. Une histoire des juifs en Allemagne depuis 1945« (2007; tr: The Impossible Return: A History of Jews in Germany Since 1945). The book explores the situation faced by returning Jewish immigrants after the Second World War. His other books, mostly devoted to German or European history, also contain elements of historical reconstruction and first-hand accounts. Notable examples include the non-fiction novel, written together with Jean-Marc Gonin, »La Chute de Mur« (2009; tr: The Wall Falls) and »La Disparation de Josef Mengele« (2009; Eng. »The Disappearance of Josef Mengele«, 2017), which paints a sober yet highly vivid portrait of the former doctor at Auschwitz. The novel was nominated for the Prix Goncourt, received the Prix Renaudot in 2017, and became an international bestseller. The core themes of this book are similar to the film »Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer« (2015; Eng. »The People vs. Fritz Bauer«, directed by Lars Kraume), for which Guez wrote the screenplay and subsequently received the German Film Award in 2016. His modern picaresque novel »Les Revolutions de Jacques Koskas« (2014; tr: The Revolution of Jacques Koskas) about a young French man who is struggling to make his way in Berlin in the new millennium has recently been translated into German.

Guez lives in Rome.