Zoë Jenny

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Zoë Jenny (born March 16, 1974 in Basel ) is a Swiss writer .


Zoë Jenny was born in Basel in 1974 as the daughter of the publisher Matthyas Jenny and the painter Rahel Knöll. When she was three years old, the parents divorced. Jenny and her brother Caspar Jenny , who is now a poet and painter, grew up with their father in Basel, Greece and Carona in the canton of Ticino . From 1982 to 1984 she attended the reform-pedagogical Freie Volksschule Basel . Already as a schoolgirl she became active as a writer and from 1993 published various short stories, short stories and essays in literary magazines in German-speaking countries. In 1994 Jenny graduated from the secondary school in Basel.

In 1997 Jenny's first novel The Pollen Room was published , which achieved bestselling status and has been translated into 27 languages. She went on extensive lecture tours to the United States, China and Japan; At times she lived in New York and Berlin. In 1999 the novel The Call of the Shell Horn was published . The children's book Mittelpünktchens Reise um die Welt followed in 2000 . In the same year, the novel A Fast Life , a modern adaptation of the Romeo and Juliet theme, was published. In 2002 Zoë Jenny was a judge at the Locarno International Film Festival . She was a columnist for Die Zeit , the Financial Times and Schweizer Illustrierte .

In 2004 Jenny moved to London. In 2007 her artist novel Das Portrait was published . In 2008 she married the Briton Matthew Homfray, and their daughter was born in January 2010. The novel The Sky is Changing , written in English, followed in 2010 . In 2013 the volume of short stories appeared tomorrow at the latest. A year after their marriage ended in divorce in 2012, Jenny moved to Zurich. In January 2015 she moved to Vienna .

Also based on her own childhood experiences, she was severely judged in an article published in the newspaper Die Welt in 2013 with the reform pedagogy and alternative scene of the 1980s. Referring to the pedophile debate of the Greens , she criticized the learning resistance of (as she calls them) “do-gooders”: “In the left-green communities of the 1970s and 1980s, children lived in a highly dangerous way. Above all, the adults felt free, who exceeded all boundaries in a misunderstood liberalism. "

Jenny was an ambassador for the Swiss children and youth organization Pro Juventute .




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Individual evidence

  1. «My daughter is just a child of divorce». In: Blick.ch , December 8, 2011.
  2. Zoë Jenny: She moves to Zurich - with a new love
  3. «They waged a war against us». In: Schweizer Illustrierte , No. 22, June 22, 2015.
  4. Zoë Jenny: My teachers were pedophile do-gooders. In: Die Welt from October 14, 2013.
  5. ^ Pro Juventute: Zoë Jenny. Retrieved January 28, 2014. (Archive)