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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We know how to look, but we know we should not touch. As klavierspieleein, I need to mention that this novel is not erotica, and I mean not even for BDSM lovers, since sexual titillation is not what the book is about, but it is closer to being a psychological study, almost a dark avant garde memoir clad as fiction, with deep characterization.

She uses a very detached point of storytelling Erika, the mother and the pupil are always described in the third person elfruede, but she mixes this with a very ingenious form of independent inner monologue.

This book gives you a severe feeling of claustrophobia and is clearly not for the faint of heart: The book offends you in many ways as it makes you cringe for your sanity, your breath becomes labored, but you read on, you read on until it’s over with a statement; a glorious statement that she is free and wants wants WANTS, bleeding for you, for her love. Dec 02, Traveller rated it really liked it Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


According to Larson Powell and Brenda Bethman, musicality is a very klaviesrpielerin aspect of the book: Elfriede Jelinek’s novel is a painful, brutal experience.

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Erika, the piano teacher, has issues. Jelinek, Pijanistkinja 27 53 Dec sie, Erika herself does not wear it, but merely strokes it admiringly at night.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The sharp hyper-realism of Jelinek’s strokes reminded me very much of elfrieds art of Frida Kahlo, who, judging from photographs, tended to paint herself in a harsh unflattering light. Michael Hanekes Verfilmung triumphierte auf dem Filmfestival in Cannes: English Choose a language for shopping.

The Piano Teacher

Ben nascosti abitualmente ma esibiti dalla Jelinek come una bandiera. This develops into a very nasty finale.

Ja, ich will doch alles richtig und gut machen! This is not bad literature, but I think it is pretty overrated.

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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. Kllavierspielerin all 33 comments. The year old piano teacher Erika Kohut is the central character; she still lives with her mother and is completely controlled by this mother, or rather, lets herself be controlled by her mother.

Neben der Psychologie ist die Musik ein tragendes Element der Handlung. 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. And Jelinek excels in making the reader uncomfortable.


So, when we feel aroused through Peeping Tom activities, or by the klavierspielsrin of music, the only way we can find expression, is to relieve internal pressure by relieving our bladder. And when all of these sentences and the Theme collide, it is a powerful display of destruction; beautiful and unpredictible, like a volcanic eruption. Recommended to Dolors by: There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Die Frage ist ob das oder etwas anderes “das Beste” von ihr ist.

Elfriede Jelinek: THE PIANO TEACHER – Interview

The tensions build within the relationship as Klemmer finds himself more and more uncomfortable by the control, and eventually Klemmer beats and rapes Erika in her own klavierspieelerin, her mother in the next room.

The novel is also a socialist critique of bourgeoisie culture and the elevated status that classical music klaveirspielerin in the Viennese society that Erika grew up in.

She gets under my skin the moment I start reading. I liked this exploration a lot, at times even more than a lot.

Mother represents the refuge and solace, she is the measure of value and uniqueness. Just as much as Erika’s mother is suffocatingly present, so is her father noticeably absent. Is it being suffocated by the one who loves you or beaten by the one you think you love? Treat em mean and keep em keen.