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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Mother smacks away at the loosened hairdo of the late-season fruit of her womb. 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.

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. It starts off with a brutal spat of domestic violence with fistfuls of pulled hair and ends with two of the most disgusting sex scenes I’ve read in modern literature. And Jelinek excels in making the reader uncomfortable. La critica a Vienna mi fa ricordare Bernhard Story of Ofor instance, was written by a woman to rekindle the waning interest of her lover — how gross is that?

I don’t understand how anyone could not like this novel. Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. The piano teacher of the title, Erika Kohut, makes a living by teaching at the Vienna Conservatory and spends her life striving hopelessly for the heights of musical excellence.

Ma sicuramente di pregio. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This paper does not exclusively try lefriede unravel the concealed meaning of music but hopes to concentrate on a particular aspect of music that claims close relations klavierspielrin violence, pleasure and masochism.

It is with her husband that she should be finding company. Simply put, this novel focuses on pain; the kind of pain that forces a character to dark underworld dungeons, to self mutilation, to bad relationships, to an obscured view of the world.


Una lettura per stomaci forti. The Piano Teacherwhatever it may be, is not helping. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. Erika Kohut’s mother might seem a harridan and even rather like a monster and she is that and morebut in many ways, she is also just another spoke in the wheel so to speak, and Erika herself, even though she has faced her mother’s abuse and dictates all of her life including more than creepily having to share a bed with heralso deliberately and often maliciously chastises and degrades her piano students, transferring the abuse and thus keeping the wheels of power, of societal embattlement and dysfunctional family structures spinning and continuously flourishing.

Erika has been taught that extreme subjugation to imprisonment and abuse, is the way to procure love–Motherdear has taught us this, and this is the recipe that has worked klavierspieperin getting Motherdear’s love, so why is Walter not seeing extreme subjugation as love and acceptance?

I can see, after reading this book, why she won the prize. Elfriede Jelinek is, perhaps, one of the most controversial of the Nobel Prize Winners from the 21st Century. Jelinek writes in perfect compact sentences; streamlining and buffing those collection of words between periods to contain only what is needed, nothing more.

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The writing is like a luscious chocolate dessert sprinkled with sparkling shards of glass. Get klavierspielerrin Know Us. People sigh, oh, the mystic devotion of motherhood!

I rarely think of Elfriede Jelinek anymore. She has a screw loose. Journal of Modern Literature.

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I don’t know what else to add to the issues already outlined, other than to say I felt equally hectored and patronised and can’t be doing with any more of it. The detached way of storytelling very Canetti-like underlines the strong sarcastic tendency.

Oh, not that she hasn’t kicked against the walls of her tight prison, not that she hasn’t rebelled, showing her rebellion now and then by buying one of the frivolous, wasteful pieces of clothing that Motherdear hates so much.


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Elfriede Jelinek: THE PIANO TEACHER – Interview

What her mother has done out of love and possession, Erika is doing out of a cynical, calculated, almost experimental predisposition. You can capture any woman if you exploit her awareness of her own physical inadequacies. She knows that her mother’s embrace will completely devour and digest her, yet she is magically drawn to it. I have made my way through this painful and upsetting novel. Who plays, whom they play, and how. So with those caveats, I give you my top thirteen. Letting the gelatinous barrage klavierspielerih honey overwhelm me, while ants gnaw at my skin.

Even the ending doesn’t disappoint, which I was so sure, up until I read it, that kklavierspielerin would. Today I reviewed my I rarely think of Elfriede Jelinek anymore. This reads a bit like a shrill reboot of an old underground fable and also like overcooked Angela Carter. View all 26 comments.

The Piano Teacher

In some ways Jelinek writes in an anti-style, just piling declarative sentences at the reader until they’re forced to accept their content.

I do take Jelinek’s descriptions of male-female relationships seriously, though. I feel that part of the social and to some extent feminist commentary in the text, lies with the fact that the only sexual role that Erika sees open for herself as a woman, is that of subjugation, a role she imagines will bring her love. Her determination to keep her daughter within her control at all times – to the extent that they share a bed – must result from a deep fear of which we are ignorant.