Portrait Jennifer Egan
© Ali Ghandtschi

Guest 2010, 2018.


Die Farbe der Erinnerung

Schöffling & Co.

Frankfurt/Main, 1999

[Ü: Günter Ohnemus]

Emerald City

Schöffling & Co.



[Ü: Sigrid Ruschmeier]

Look at Me

Schöffling & Co.

Frankfurt/Main, 2002

[Ü: Gabriele Haefs]

Im Bann

Schöffling & Co.

Frankfurt/Main, 2007

[Ü: Gabriele Haefs]

A Visit from the Goon Squad

Knopf Doubleday Publishing

New York, 2010

Jennifer Egan [ USA ]

Jennifer Egan was born in Chicago in 1962 and grew up in San Francisco. She studied English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania and St. John's College in Cambridge. Following her studies she decided to begin writing and worked as a journalist. She wrote short stories and received much acclaim for her 1995 début novel »The Invisible Circus«. At the heart of the novel is the 18-year-old Phoebe O'Connor, whose life is defined by the political and familial tensions of the 1960s. She leaves San Francisco and travels to Europe to uncover the truth about her sister's death. Jennifer Egan uses interwoven flashbacks to portray a Californian family, as well as an American author's perspective on »the German Autumn«.

Jennifer Egan's writing is characterised by, among other things, the authenticity of her characters and the diversity of her tone. She creates an atmosphere of insecurity and plays with both her characters' and readers' perceptions by allowing reality to blur. Jennifer Egan's second novel, »Look at Me« (2001), was nominated for the National Book Award, and her third novel, »The Keep« (2006), became a bestseller: Danny is addicted to modern forms of communication, his cousin Howard wants to establish an internet-free »Hotel of Silence« in a castle in Eastern Europe in which the guests are limited to their own sensory perceptions. Danny allows himself to be roped into the project. Repressed memories reawaken amidst the old walls and dungeons. And, at the same time in America, a convict is telling the story of these two cousins - readers find the ground under their feet become increasingly unsteady. »Jennifer Egan is a refreshingly unclassifiable novelist. [...] Egan sustains an awareness that the text is being manipulated by its author, while at the same time delivering character and story with perfect and passionate conviction«, wrote The New York Times Book Review. Her next book, »A Visit from the Goon Squad«, will be published in June 2010.

In addition to writing novels and short stories, Jennifer Egan also writes for the New Yorker as well as for the New York Times Magazine, and teaches Creative Writing at Columbia University. She lives with her husband and sons in New York.