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Portrait Olivier Guez
Olivier Guez [© Hartwig Klappert]

Olivier Guez

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«, »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 World War II. 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 »La Chute de Mur« [2009; tr: The Wall Falls], written together with Jean-Marc Gonin, 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 those of 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. In 2022, Guez edited the anthology »Le Grand Tour«, which consists of short stories and narratives by writers from all EU member states that focus on places of European culture and history. The most recent volume to appear in German translation, »Éloge de l’esquive« [2014; tr: In Praise of Dribbling«], highlights Guez’s passion for football.

Guez lives in Rome.


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

Das Verschwinden des Josef Mengele

Berlin, 2018
[Ü: Nicola Denis]

Koskas und die Wirren der Liebe

Berlin, 2020
[Ü: Nicola Denis]

Lob des Dribbelns

Berlin, 2022
[Ü: Nicola Denis]

Le Grand Tour

Paris, 2022