Award-winnning author Jörn Jacob Rohwer is well-known for elegantly merging elements of literature and journalism in his writings. Widely published since 1995, his lengthy profile conversations with luminaries from the arts, science and society are best represented by his critically acclaimed book of nearly 900 pages, “Die Seismografie des Fragens” (Salis, Zurich, 2014 – currently in English translation.)
As the Los Angeles Review of Books (03/21) concludes reviewing Rohwers most recent work (on Steven D. Lavine and the California Institute of the Arts – ‘Failure Is What It’s All About’, Deutscher Kunstverlag, 2020): “Author Jörn Jacob Rohwer defies form, crafting a hybrid of biography and memoir. He leads Lavine through a series of conversations that move swiftly across topics: culture, family, mental health, loneliness, love, art, education, politics, racism — bringing the reader on a strange, unexpected journey through Lavine’s life. (…) Rohwer is generous with his descriptions — there’s a richness to his prose that works to engage the reader with some immediacy. (…) The style of the book’s introduction is reminiscent of The Great Gatsby.”
Jörn Jacob Rohwer was born in 1965 in Rendsburg, Germany, and graduated with distinction from UCL, London University. He received numerous international fellowships and foundation grants, lectured and read in Germany, Switzerland and the USA. His subsequent seventh book is intended to comprise a collection of auto/biographical essays. Rohwer lives and works mostly in Berlin.