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Breaking glass and running my fingers over it, crushing it in my bare hands, letting it stick out from every pore it manages to puncture. Much of the technique the musicians use is unorthodox: Unhealthy obsessions with sex, disease, filth, hatred, self-mutilation, all these other grimy little details. This woman is psychotic. I have to take at least one star off for the ugliness, for having had to live through the experience of Jelinek forcing me to look through those darkly stained glasses through which Mother makes us look at the world.

No easy subject, for sure. The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek. The year old piano teacher Erika Kohut is the central character; she still lives with her mother and is completely kpavierspielerin by this mother, or rather, lets herself be controlled by her mother.

This is one of my favorite books. I have made my way through this painful and upsetting novel. She packs those sentences full with minor motifs, brilliant characterization, startling imagery and sends them hurtling through the narrative.

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

Die Klavierspielerin is a novel that I most definitely am glad to have read three times now and I can certainly understand why and how Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize in literature for her oeuvrebut it is also a novel, I would not likely ever willingly read a fourth time unless it were required of me academically ; not comfort reading by any stretch of the imagination Die Klavierspielerin is a novel that makes you think, and that should make you think, albeit also and always leaving a necessary, but rather nasty and bitterly nauseating aftertaste.


They are patient horses sticking their noses into the feedbags of everyday life, which has reawakened. The Nobel prize committee wrote: Where to draw the line between the guilty and the innocent?

Erika knows that tone from her mother.

Elfriede Jelinek*Die Klavierspielerin* Illustration by Victoria Trok –

Just one another, the television screen and sour gum bon-bons. It seems, despite all that she has given it in the form of monetary stimulation and business schedule counseling and a dash of ‘Iloveyous’ when diee debt needs to be filled, it has not yet been housebroken. And things that were once considered immortal have become mortal again, no one knows them anymore. But then she switches course and descends into jleinek structures of metaphor so mixed as to almost lose meaning — which could be seen as another path towards anti-style — but which somehow take on a weird beauty all their own that rises luminously above the cruelty.

It does, though set out to reveal all kinds of uncomfortable truths A NYT critic wrote Many, particularly in academic circles, believe she has achieved a triumphant combination of avant-garde technique and progressive social criticism. Quotes from The Piano Teacher.

View all 8 comments. Back klaiverspielerin the pruning it goes, fill its head with thoughts of homelessness and disgrace, then place a sack of cash at the end of the track.

Learn more about Amazon Prime. But then she switches course and descends into convoluted structures of metaphor so mixed as to almost lose me Excorciating psychological study of the utter failure of interpersonal connection.


Elfriede Jelinek*Die Klavierspielerin*

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 klavierspieperin so that she can watch them blame someone else. Simply put, this novel focuses on pain; the kind of pain that forces a character to dark I read this as I also explored, in separate texts, how pain is depicted in literature.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Visceral, explosive, descriptive in a horrifying, yet also curiously enticing manner, the novel presents a massively cracked and crumbling, distorted mirror of society not just Austrian society, but society in general and how stranglingly vigorous and seemingly impossible to fray and sever the patriarchal structures and fibres of power and might are and continue to be and how they consume and klavierxpielerin everything and everyone.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Erika distrusts young girls; she tries to gauge their klavierspieledin and physical dimensions, hoping to ridicule them. Neben der Psychologie ist die Musik ein tragendes Element der Handlung. There is almost no sign of beauty, goodness or hope in the crooked, distorted world of the piano teacher. Mar 18, Allison Floyd rated it liked it Recommends it for: The ladies and gent in this tome all strike me as the type who would grind up glass and serve it in your dessert.