Jenny Erpenbeck: Biography

Jenny Erpenbeck

12 mar 1967

Jenny Erpenbeck is not only a famous writer but also a German director. She hails from a family of writers and it is no surprise that she exhibits a great style of writing. Jenny’s father John Erpenbeck was a physicist, philosopher and a writer. Her mother Doris Kilias was an Arabic translator and her grandparents were also authors.

Writing was no difficult task for Jenny. But she studied theatre and worked as an assistant director at the opera house in Graz. It was there in 1997 that Jenny made a world premiere of her own work, ‘Cats Have Seven Lives’. She also worked as a freelancer director at different opera houses in Germany and Austria.

Coming from a family of writers, Jenny started her writing career in 1990. She has written a number of plays and fiction. Few among her works include, ‘History of the Old China’, ‘The Novella Dictionary’, ‘The Book of Words’ and the novel ‘Visitation’. Jenny has been praised for all her works and she has received many awards. Jenny won the prestigious Hans Fallada Prize for her work, ‘The End of Days’ in 2014.

Currently a resident of Berlin, Jenny Erpenbeck lives with her son and continues writing.