The Disappearance of Josef Mengele

The Disappearance of Josef Mengele:A Novel

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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 In this rigorusly researched factual novel—drawn almost entirely from historical documents—Olivier Guez traces Mengele’s footsteps through these years of flight.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.

Selected as one of The 50 best books of 2022 by The Telegraph


  • A chilling tale; one that is impossible to forget.

    Robbie MillenThe Times
  • A fantastic new novel

    Frédéric BeigbaderLe Figaro
  • The book - almost all documented, bar some imagined dialogue and internal monologues - brings us as close to Mengele's mind as is feasible. It illuminates the nadir of the European century, and also what Guez calls the "Nazi society" of postwar Latin America. The book deserves to be read worldwide.

    Simon KuperThe Financial Times