Author bio

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek - book author

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist, best known for her novel, The Piano Teacher.

She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 for her "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, with extraordinary linguistic zeal, reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power."

Elfriede Jelinek is the author of books: The Piano Teacher, Lust, Les amantes, Wonderful, Wonderful Times, Greed, Die Kinder der Toten, Winterreise: ein Theaterstück, Michael., wir sind lockvögel, baby!, Der Tod und das Mädchen I - V


Author books

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The Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a shocking, searing, aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires.
Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. Her life appears to be a seamless tissue of boredom, but Erika, a quiet thirty-eight-year-old, secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night to watch live sex shows and sadomasochistic films. Meanwhile, a handsome, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old student has become enamored with Erika and sets out to seduce her. She resists him at first, but then the dark passions roiling under the piano teacher's subdued exterior explode in a release of sexual perversity, suppressed violence, and human degradation.

Celebrated throughout Europe for the intensity and frankness of her writings and awarded the Heinrich Böll Prize for her outstanding contribution to German letters, Elfriede Jelinek is one of the most original and controversial writers in the world today. The Piano Teacher was made into a film, released in the United States in 2001, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.
02
In a quaint Austrian ski resort, things are not quite what they seem. Hermann, the manager of a paper mill, has decided that sexual gratification begins at home. Which means Gerti - his wife and property. Gerti is not asked how she feels about the use Hermann puts her to. She is a receptacle into which Hermann pours his juices, nastily, briefly, brutally. The long-suffering and battered Gerti thinks she has found her saviour and love in Michael, a student who rescues her after a day of vigorous use by her husband. But Michael is on his way up the Austrian political ladder, and he is, after all, a man.
03
Quel est le destin d’une ouvrière, ou plutôt comment échapper à son destin quand on est ouvrière ? Le plus simple : le mariage. Encore faut-il choisir avec circonspection son futur époux et se garder des séductions du sexe. L’amante doit apprendre à gérer son corps jeune et attrayant, son seul bien, et ne pas rêver à l’amour idéal des romans-photos. À travers le « bon exemple » de Brigitte et le « mauvais exemple » de Paula, Elfride Jelinek, l’iconoclaste, fait voler en éclats une spécialité autrichienne : l’idylle. Paru en 1975, Les Amantes est rapidement devenu le livre de référence de toute une génération. L’absence de majuscules, le style syncopé, l’ironie jubilatoire et le pessimise profond tiraient le lecteur allemand de la torpeur et des certitudes où l’avait plongé le miracle économique. Parodie de plusieurs courants littéraires : Bildungsroman mais aussi Heimatroman (roman populaire exaltant le terroir), Les Amantes malmenait au passage les archétypes d’une gauche en retard d’une utopie.
04
“Isto é brutalidade contra uma pessoa indefesa, e, por isso, desnecessária, diz Sophie, e puxa pelos cabelos do homem, que jazia no chão em desalinho, com tanta força que lhos arranca. O desnecessário é precisamente o melhor, diz Rainer, que ainda quer lutar. Foi assim que combinámos.”

Viena, final dos anos 50. Um homem está a dar um passeio num parque. Ele vai ser espancado por um grupo de adolescentes, não por causa do seu dinheiro – ele até tem algum –, não por causa de algo que possa ter feito, mas porque os jovens assim o decidiram; eles são arrogantes e violentos, e são-no por prazer. Esta arrogância é a forma que eles encontraram para reagir perante o cadáver em putrefacção que é a Áustria, onde toda a gente tem um esqueleto no armário recheado de antecedentes nazis, perversões sexuais e ódio aos estrangeiros.
05
From the Nobel Prize-winning author ....

Greed is the story of Kurt Janisch, an ambitious but frustrated country policeman, and the lonely women he seduces. It is a thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, where the investigation of a dead girl's body in a lake leads to the discovery of more than a single crime. In
her signature style, Jelinek chronicles the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, and the cruelties of everyday life.
06
Ein österreichisches Dorf, die Pension Alpenrose. Unter den Gästen befinden sich zwei Frauen und ein Mann, vor denen "die Hunde nicht anschlagen", die mal zu leben scheinen, mal tot sind: Zombies. Sie schänden Leichname, kastrieren Autofahrer, feiern grausige Orgien - Vampire, die ihr Leben von den Lebenden zurückfordern. - Eine barocke Todesallegorie gegen Geschichtsverdrängung und Todesvergessenheit.
07
"MAN VERLÄUFT SICH IMMER SELBST IM ENTSCHEIDENDEN MOMENT."

Ausgehend von Franz Schuberts berühmtem Liederzyklus, durchwandert das «Ich» in Elfriede Jelineks Winterreise den Wahnwitz unserer Gegenwart, um schließlich in der eigenen Vergangenheit anzukommen. Entstanden ist dabei eines von Jelineks persönlichsten und anrührendsten Werken überhaupt.

«Was Jelinek virtuos vorführt, sind die Abgründe unseres Sprechens, ist das beredte Verschweigen, das Darüberhinwegreden, die Fertigkeit, sich die Wahrheit diskutierend und scheinbar reflektierend vom Leib zu halten – ja: sich dem Schmerz zu entziehen.»
Süddeutsche Zeitung über Jelineks Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)
08
Elfrīde Jelineka ir dzimusi 1946. gada 20. oktobrī Štīrijas Mircušlāgā un uzaugusi Vīnē, studējusi teātra zinātni, mākslas vēsturi un müziku. Kaut arī viņas darbi tiek vērtēti ļoti pretrunīgi, 1986. gadā viņa saņēmusi Heinriha Bella balvu un 1998. gadā vācvalodīgās literatūras nozīmīgāko apbalvojumu – Georga Bihnera prēmiju, kā arī daudzas citas balvas gan par dzeju, gan dramaturģiju, gan prozu.

2004. gadā Elfrīde Jelineka saņēmusi Nobela prēmiju literatūrā «par muzikālo balsu un pretbalsu plūdumu romānos un lugās, kas ar neparastu dedzību atklāj sabiedrības klišeju absurdumu un nomācošo spēku».
Mihaels ir viens no populārākajiem vācu personvārdiem jaundzimušo reģistrā un kino biznesā. Elfrīdes Jelinekas grāmatā šis vārds apzīmē ideoloģisku mēslu čupu, uz kuras zeļ tikai sabiedriski vēlami un politiski izmantojami sapņi. Pietiekami agri aizsāktas selekcijas rezultātā rodas gandrīz vai nereāli mākslīgo sapņu cilvēki, kurus šeit pārstāv divas jaunas meitenes. Tās ieved apziņas šausmenē, ārprātīgā ainavā, kuru veido vieni vienīgi identificēšanās piedāvājumi, varbūt viskļūmīgākie, kādus masu mediji iepotējuši dezorientētajam indivīdam… Elfrīde Jelineka radikāli pakļauj savus jaunos personāžus mākslīgajai pasaules lielvarai, šādi padarot viņus aizvien nespējīgākus noteikt, kas īsti ir realitāte.