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A bit more klaviersspielerin may have gone a long way here. Elfriede was classified as pretentious, difficult, a woman, yes, but hermetic and hyper intellectual, or so I got it from the reviews. Dec 16, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: Erika has been perverted in such a thorough way that she is not capable of normal, open relationships.

Musically Trained Torture: Violence and Pleasure in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin

View all 9 comments. And she is not exactly the kind of person whom I appreciate to feel under my skin. This novel is koavierspielerin unforgiving in showing us the interior world of Viennese culture and the world of music professor Erika, her mother, and Erika’s student and love-object Walter Klemmer.

Mar 18, Allison Floyd rated it liked it Recommends it for: Family, control, self- hatred, violence, sex, age, and power. Elfriede Jelinek’s novel is a painful, brutal experience.

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Today I reviewed my all time pet hate Strindberg, one of the authors I have loved to torture myself with since adolescence. Klavierspieleriin Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature, is a shocking, searing, aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires.


A female piano teacher who is pushing 40 still lives with her controlling mother who is treating her like a mixture between a young child and a husband e. See 1 question about The Piano Teacher….

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. View all 5 comments. Jelinek, Pijanistkinja klavkerspielerin 53 Dec 12, When I eventually came back to reality, all I wanted however was to applaud to Elfriede Jelinek. Erika takes large instruments on trains so that she can hit people with them and call it an accident, or kicks or steps on the feet of other klafierspielerin so that she can watch them blame someone else.

As a reader Jelinek pulls you into a gruesome, harsh world, belittling a misanthrope like the French writer Celine into a chorister.

The gramophone of her mind is running down; the soprano is becoming a bass jelineo nothing is making any sense.

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The eternal plaint of literature. Above all, the pain. Is it being suffocated by the one who loves you or beaten by the one you think you love? I read this as I also explored, in separate texts, how pain is depicted in literature. The social construct is simply content with its vague descriptions of horrors in a meaningless void of sound and fury, its fuzzy images that fetishize the physical antagonist, its panderings at atrocious thrills that spawn emulation rather than disgust.

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Jelinek lived in Munich, but her grandparents were Austrian, and she seemed to have a bee in her bonnet about destroying popular images and conceptions of Austria as an idyllic place. Erika Kohut, the protagonist, is at the center of all of them. Maybe you don’t like the message you get out of it. Yet she seems to be in basic agreement with his lust.


Would you like to tell us about a lower price? No one said you were allowed to comfortably watch from the fully furnished box, high up in the usual lofty assuredness of the Reader-God, sanitized and sanctified by virtue of distance.

Urges which cannot find any expression, because Mother guards those hands day and night, literally checking that hands stay above board at night from her co-position in the shared maternal bed. Should parents be blamed for the miseries of their children?

Because Erika cannot feel anything anymore beyond rudimentary pain, and even her pain has become a distanced thing, something that has to be given expression by cutting or pricking herself, because Erika cannot vocalize emotions or recognize them in their direct emotional form.

It was both at the same time. There is a singular feeling to be found in those who know their mother well, well enough to register their status as a financial investment in her eyes. Retrieved from ” https: It’s as though the author is a little bit worried that we might be overwhelmed without her klavkerspielerin guidance, and as though she is actually quite helinek, and presumptive of our being jdlinek.

But at the same time you klavierspieerin on reading just because it presents an extremely perverse, but very interesting aspect of mankind.