Lettre Ulysses Award for the art of reportage

Philip Gourevitch, U.S.

Journalist and reporter. Philip Gourevitch was born in 1961 in Philadelphia / USA. Since 1997 he has been a permanent staff writer for the New Yorker, for whom he wrote reportages and essays from Africa, Asia, Europe, and the United States about, for instance, the boat people in Vietnam, the civil war in the Congo, and the situation in North Korea.

His first book We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families (1998) is about the background to the genocide in Rwanda and has been translated into numerous languages. In the U.S. it has received many awards: the National Book Critics Circle Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award, George K. Polk Award for Foreign Reporting, PEN / Martha Algrand Award for First Nonfiction, New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Award, as well as the Overseas Press Club Book Award, and England's Guardian First Book Award (an interview with Gourevitch about this book, another interview about the genocide in Rwanda). His second book A Cold Case that was published in 2001 is about a crime investigation that takes places almost three decades after a double murder in New York City has been committed (an interview with Gourevitch about this book in Atlantic Monthly).

In 1996, 1998, and 2001, Gourevitch's texts for the New Yorker were among the finalists at the National Magazine Awards. His contributions have been published in numerous international newspapers including Granta, Harper's, The New York Review of Books, New York Times Magazine ("What They Saw at the Holocaust Museum"Lettre International (Germany / "Kontinentalverschiebung"), Politiken (Denmark), Svedectvi (the Czech Republic), Die Woche (Germany), Corriera della Serra (Italy), and Le Monde (France).

Gourevitch is active in various institutions and committees. Since 1996, he has been both chairman of the International Committee of PEN American Center as well as Senior Fellow at the World Policy Institute. Since 2001, he has also been a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities and since 2003 a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Since the fall of 2002 he has taught literary journalism at Baruch College.

Philip Gourevitch lives in New York City.

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"I think we live in such a banality of horrors, horrors surround us, so a real reportage is a kind of break through this banality. When we speak about any situation, be it Chechnya or something else, we speak not only about this concrete situation but also about something of our deeper human nature."Svetlana Alexievitch (jury member 2003, 2004 & 2005)