Portrait Guez
Olivier Guez und Ulrich Schreiber (c) Ali Ghandtschi

Guest 2018.


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
Les révolutions de Jacques Koskas
Paris, 2014
Eloge de l’esquive
Editions Grasset et Fasquelle
Paris, 2014
Das Verschwinden des Josef Mengele
Berlin, 2018
[Ü: Nicola Denis]


Olivier Guez [ France ]

The French journalist, writer, and screenwriter Olivier Guez was born in 1974 in Strasbourg. In 1996, he earned his master’s degree in international relations at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Strasbourg. At the same time, he studied law. He then earned his master’s degree in government and international relations at the London School of Economics. In 1998, he completed his second master’s degree in European Politics and Administration at the Collège d’Europe in Bruges. In 1998, Guez spent a year as an OSCE election observer in Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 2005 to 2006, he was a European Journalist Fellow at the Freie Universität Berlin. In 2009, he briefly worked for the French foreign ministry in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Guez was a correspondent for various French and international newspapers, including the feuilleton of the »FAZ« and the »Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung«. From 2000 to 2005 he reported for »Libération«, and »La Tribune« on Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East. Today he writes for »Le Point«, »Le Monde« and the »New York Times«.

In his book »L’Impossible retour. Une histoire des juifs en Allemagne depuis 1945« (2007; tr: The Impossible Return: A History of the Jews in Germany Since 1945) Guez turns to modern Jewish life in Germany, asking prominent eyewitnesses like Edgar Hilsenrath, Ralph Giordano, Imre Kertész, Henryk M. Broder, Maxim Biller, and Micha Brumlik how it is possible to return to a country of unthinkable past crimes – or why it is not possible. In his non-fiction novel »La Chute du mur« (2009; tr: The Fall of the Wall), he and Jean-Marc Gonin reveal the events of November 9, 1989 in a kind of docudrama. In 2014, he published his first novel »Les révolutions de Jacques Koskas« (tr: The Revolutions of Jacques Koskas) and – as a well-known soccer expert in France – the literary essay »Eloge de l’esquive« about soccer in Brazil and the art of dribbling. For his most recent historical novel, »La Disparition de Josef Mengele« (2017; tr: The Disappearance of Josef Mengele), Guez spent three years researching the life of war criminal Josef Mengele (1911–1979), who practiced at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II. Guez tells the story of Mengele’s flight from Germany to Latin America, enabling him to escape a criminal trial, and imagines the world of Mengele while highlighting his fear of the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad and investigators like the state prosecutor Fritz Bauer. The novel was awarded the Prix Renaudot.

Together with Lars Kraume, he wrote the script for the political thriller »Der Staat gegen Fritz Bauer« (2015; Eng. »The People vs. Fritz Bauer«), for which they won the 2016 German Film Award. The author lives in Paris.