The Paris Review was founded in 1953 and has published early and important work by Philip Roth, V. S. Naipaul, Jeffrey Eugenides, A. S. Byatt, T. C. Boyle, William T. Vollmann, and many other great writers of the past half century. Some of the magazine's greatest hits have been collected in The Paris Review Book of People with Problems as well as The Paris Review Book for Planes, Trains, Elevators, and Waiting Rooms and The Paris Review Book of Heartbreak, Madness, Sex, Love, Betrayal, Outsiders, Intoxication, War, Whimsy, Horrors, God, Death, Dinner, Baseball, Travels, the Art of Writing, and Everything Else in the World Since 1953.
Philip Gourevitch is the editor of The Paris Review, a staff writer for The New Yorker, and the author of A Cold Case and We Wish to Inform You That Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families: Stories from Rwanda, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Orhan Pamuk was born in Istanbul in 1952 and grew up in a large family. He studied journalism at Istanbul University, but at the age of 23, Pamuk decided to become a novelist. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and have won prizes in several countries. Apart from three years in New York, where he was a visiting professor at Columbia University, Orhan Pamuk has spent all his life in the same streets and district of Istanbul, and he now lives in the building where he was raised.