Pedro Lenz

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Pedro Lenz
Pedro Lenz in 2011
Pedro Lenz in 2011
Born (1965-03-08) 8 March 1965 (age 53)
Langenthal, Switzerland
Occupation Writer
Language German, Bernese (Swiss German)
Nationality Swiss
Alma mater University of Bern
Notable works Der Goalie bin ig
Years active 1994–present

Pedro Lenz (born 8 March 1965 in Langenthal) is a Swiss writer.


Lenz studied Spanish literature at the University of Bern. He has worked full-time as a writer since 2001.

He writes columns for several newspapers in Switzerland, including the Neue Zürcher Zeitung and WOZ Die Wochenzeitung. He is also active in Bern's spoken word scene, performing as part of the Hohe Stirnen ('high foreheads') group. He lives in Olten.

His 2010 novel Der Goalie bin ig – written in Swiss German – won several prizes and was translated into Scots by Donal McLaughlin under the title Naw Much of a Talker. The novel was made into a film (English title: I Am the Keeper) that was a major winner at the 2014 Swiss Film Awards with seven nominations[1] from which it won four trophies including Best Feature Film.[2] The film, directed by Sabine Boss, is notable for its dialogue in Bernese German.[3] The film played at the Locarno Film Festival in August 2014.[4]


Works in English[edit]

  • Naw Much of a Talker, Translator Donal McLaughlin, Freight Books, 2013, ISBN 9781908754226


  1. ^ "Nominations for the 2014 Swiss Film Award". 29 January 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-29. 
  2. ^ "Swiss Film Award 2014: "I Am The Keeper (Der Goalie bin ig)" is biggest winner of the night". Swiss Films. 21 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  3. ^ ""Der goalie bin ig." A Swiss film phenomenon by Sabine Boss". Swiss Review. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 
  4. ^ "Der Goalie bin ig (programme note)". Festival del film Locarno. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 

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