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Philip Gourevitch

on writing about crime scenes

Philip Gourevitch has been a regular contributor to The New Yorker since 1995, and is a former editor of the Paris Review. He has written about the aftermath of genocide in Rwanda and Cambodia, about the dictatorships of Mobutu Sese Seko, in Congo, and Robert Mugabe, in Zimbabwe, about the Tamil Tigers, in Sri Lanka, about Jean-Marie Le Pen’s National Front, in France, and about the American soldiers who served at Abu Ghraib prison, in Iraq. Closer to home, he has written about solving a cold-case double homicide in Manhattan, about arranged marriages in Queens, about a debt collector in Tulsa, and about the late musician James Brown, in Augusta, Georgia. He also wrote extensively about the war in Iraq. He is the author of three books: Standard Operating Procedure (2008), A Cold Case (2001), and winner of numerous literary prizes, We Wish To Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed With Our Families: Stories from Rwanda (1998).