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An Evening with Prix Renaudot Winner Olivier Guez – Author Talk and Book Signing


Olivier Guez par Claude Truong-Ngoc

French Library
53 Marlborough St,
Boston, US 02116

November 1, 2022


Olivier Guez, author of The Disappearance of Josef Mengele, will tour the US from November 1 to November 16.

The French Library and Villa Albertine are honored to welcome bestselling author Olivier Guez for the American release of his book, The disappearance of Josef Mengele, awarded Prix Renaudot in 2017.

The author will join join the French Library for a talk about his chilling novel and future projects.

About Olivier Guez

Oliver Guez  is the author of novels and essays translated into more than thirty languages notably American spleenL’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 script. 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 In this rigorously researched factual novel—drawn almost entirely from historical documents—Olivier Guez traces Mengele’s footsteps through these years of flight.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

Come ready with your questions as our author talk will be followed by a Q&A session, with a book signing and a glass of wine!

Advance RSVP strongly recommended.

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French Library

The French Library in Boston is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide French language instruction and cultural programs of the highest quality to inspire our diverse community of children, teens, and adults to explore, understand, and embrace today’s interconnected world.

Its library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the United States. Its school, a member of the Alliance Française network, offers language classes and programs for adults and children. Its cultural programming showcases the many aspects of Francophone cultures through numerous lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, art exhibitions, holiday celebrations, and more. Political and artistic personalities often hold talks at the French Library, making it the hub of French culture in Boston.

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