The Piano Teacher. Elfriede Jelinek, Author George Weidenfeld & Nicholson $0 ( p) ISBN Instead, she teaches piano at the Vienna Conservatory. She still. In Michael Haneke’s adaptation of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel, the role of the piano teacher is played, with a chilling impenetrability, by. Elfriede Jelinek’s novel The Piano Teacher was a sensation from the day it was published some 18 years ago. Now Austrian director Michael Haneke adapted.

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Sie sah mir in die Augen und fragte: She is a voyeur who frequents peep showsand on one occasion catches a couple having sex in a park, being so affected that she urinates.

I look forward to more of Jelinek’s brutalism in my future reading. When Elfriede Jelinek was young, she herself studied music at the conservatory in Vienna.

And ultimately I’m comfortable with her Nobel. Mother, progenitor of all that occurs in the novel, is an appalling creature. I really hope that Erika’s sadistic acts, especially one revealed towards the end of the novel, are fictional, because some of these acts are truly ugly.

The Piano Teacher

Maybe you don’t like the message you get out of it. There is something condescending and, even worse, boring about that.

No one said you weren’t going to participate. Die Frage ist ob das oder etwas anderes “das Beste” von ihr ist. I cut myself with razors and bleed out, I consume it back, which is me, part of me, it is mine.

Usually books I like do not hurt that much. Erika Kohut, the protagonist, is at the center of all of them. Simply by living his own life, he has created his own sperm, arduously and tediously. Commentary is mixed in with thoughts. Reading this book while in Vienna was a special treat. The Piano Teacher German: I couldn’t connect to any of them, not even through the pity that I could feel for Erika, from time to time.


Anyway, the real issue here is that I’m a member of the plebian, plodding masses SHE lives to despise.

Elfriede Jelinek: THE PIANO TEACHER – Interview

That cools him off. Let me give that a try. Since Erika’s father was absent and she had spent her entire life in a tightly controlled relationship with Mother, she would have learned most of her socialization from jelunek mother. Dec 16, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: I don’t know what else to add to the issues already outlined This reads a bit like a shrill reboot of an old underground fable and also like overcooked Angela Carter.

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek – review

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: Even the ending doesn’t disappoint, which I was so sure, up until I This is one of my favorite books. Of course, such purchases are met with blows and kicks and screeches, and often, Motherdear takes revenge for Erika’s arriving home late even at age 35 by shredding some of these beloved pieces of clothing, shredding the symbol of rebellion; the only thing that Erika has that is hersthat doesn’t belong to Motherdear.

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Austria would appear to have issues that can only be worked through via brutal works of art, and in many ways Jelinek is harsher than anything approached by Bernhard. This gesture of humility will prevent the maternal will from shredding the soft, unformed filial will and munching on its bloody limbs.

This reading would set The Piano Teacher next to Ariel by Sylvia Plath, and would note her suicide — examples of male oppression being internalised to the extent that women become self-haters. She is also even less able than Walter to initiate loving, mutually reciprocal relations when it comes to love or sex. What you witness in this book is the complexity of domination and rebellion born out in everyday relationships, and the agency of a single woman as she works through these challenges and attempts to creates challenges for some of those around her.


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. Tutto a un che di soffocante: With credit to Shrek for the latter observation.

In the second part of the novel she tries to break loose of her mother in trying to engage in a sadomasochist relationship with her pupil Walter Klemmer, himself symbol of masculine arrogance and narcistic love. Email required Address never made public. Cutting herself brings forth a feeling – pain – so that seems worth doing occasionally. The detached way of storytelling very Canetti-like underlines the strong sarcastic tendency.

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According to Larson Powell and Brenda Bethman, musicality is a very important aspect of the book: In many ways, Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin is amazing. She used to be my favourite pet hate for a couple of years after she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Regardless, I ended up feeling as though the ideas and characters in ths story were more consistently intriguing than the writing.