This paper will examine Elfriede Jelinek’s () celebrated novel, Die Klavierspielerin(), as a narrative that deploys the close link. Elfriede Jelínek’s Die Klavierspielerin. Erika, die Heideblume. Von dieser Blume hat diese Frau den Namen. Ihrer. Mutter schwebte vorgeburtlich etwas Scheues. This essay discusses Elfriede Jelinek’s complex relation to music from both or in her most famous novel, Die Klavierspielerin (English title: The Piano Teacher.

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So, partly autobiographical as the character of Erika may be, she is definitely not shown in a sympathetic light, which brings me to how I should rate this book. Sie sah mir in die Augen und fragte: Write a customer review.

But what does she know? Queste mani devono esercitarsi a suonare, non scivolare sotto la coperta come le formiche verso il barattolo della elfrieed. Decaying organic material prevails in the sordid streets of Vienna where Erika becomes a voyeur spying couples in public parks or attending peep shows, nurturing her distorted sexuality and her sadomasochistic tendencies.

Ben nascosti abitualmente ma esibiti dalla Jelinek come una bandiera. But, if you haven’t yet read the book, I hope you will. We are hers until she chooses, if ever she does, to breath out again. She proves her superiority by carefully painting a picture showing her inferiority. Dec 19, Neal Adolph rated it liked it Klavierspelerin They are patient horses sticking their noses into the feedbags of everyday life, which has reawakened. She dabbles in really complex relationships, klavierslielerin here we see several.

View all 3 comments. Erika cuts herself to let her blood run in red streams of desperation trying to see past her inert and lifeless carcass of a body, trying to find her inner beauty, trying to prove her heart is still pumping blood into her hollow corpse. This is certainly not a fun read, as it is not intended to be, but it is pretty fascinating. I cannot say that I enjoyed this incursion in the grotesque, tenebrous entrails of the human psyche.


This gesture of humility will prevent the maternal will from shredding the soft, unformed filial will and munching on its bloody limbs. Books by Elfriede Jelinek.

jekinek People scream, oh, the sacrilegious desensitization of modern society! Sucked into the vacuum of the absolute inertia of her body, she shoots out of the bottle when it opens, and she is then flung into a previously selected or unexpected alien existence.

It seems to him there are a thousand bars; and behind the bars, no world. There isn’t a moment of beauty in the entire work. But in the best possible way. Urges which cannot find any expression, because Mother guards those hands day and jelineo, literally checking that hands stay above board at night from her co-position in the shared maternal bed. And Banks’ writing skills are not even close to Jelinek’s. Da kommt fast keiner gut weg, die reinste Freakshow. It was both at the same time.

Mother says she loves Erika, but Mother also hits Erika, even as an adult, and so Erika has learned to associate love with captivity and physical abuse: Ja, ich will doch alles richtig und gut machen!

It often gets very close to complete gibberish.

The Piano Teacher

Explore the Home Gift Guide. Erika has failed in her Mission, constructed and klavieespielerin by Motherdear: Mother represents the refuge and solace, she is the measure of value and uniqueness. Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. More unusual again is that she is not just conducting the trio, she is conducting us the readers as well and she appears a little over anxious that we should view everthing exactly as she does.

Translated by Joachim Neugroschel, it was the first of Jelinek’s novels to be translated into English. 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 a debt needs to be filled, it has not yet been housebroken.

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Those contemplating suicide, who need a little extra push. Above all, the pain.


But at the same time you keep on reading just because it presents an extremely perverse, but very interesting aspect of mankind. There may be two or three exceptions. Mi ha colpito la presenza di metafore nel romanzo rie l’assenza invece di una introspezione dei protagonisti, il cui sentire si deve dedurre dai comportamenti, spesso aberranti e perversi.

The detached way of storytelling very Canetti-like underlines the strong sarcastic tendency.

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

I came back to reality saddened and disgusted, having tasted the extent of destruction which overbearing parents can have on their children’s lives.

An image enters in, rushes down through the tensed, arrested muscles, plunges into the heart and is gone. Regardless, I ended up feeling as though the ideas and characters in this story were more consistently intriguing than the writing.

I don’t like her writing, but she undoubtedly is a skilled and interesting author. She is condemned to a withered existence, devoid of any hint of warmth, where only a vacuous flow of a systematic routine mercilessly torments her and fosters her libidinous instincts rooted deep in her entrails after suffering from decades of repression by her twisted mother.

In other reviews a link is suggested with the marxist analysis of Jelinek, presenting the 3 main characters as alienated personalities, products of the capitalist system.

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

Please note that since we’re talking about something as unpredictable and as yet not a fully charted landscape as the human psyche, that my interpretations of the character’s behaviours are only some interpretations out of a myriad of possibilities. There is no innocence here. Sorry, Elfriede, for my mistrust. Just as much as Erika’s mother is suffocatingly present, so is her father noticeably absent.