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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She stands on the tue like a much-used flute that has to deny itself, because otherwise it could not endure the many dilettantish lips that keep wanting to take it in. 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.

Once upon a time she still longed to get away from piano practice sessions to play teachfr with other young people, but those urges are now long gone.

Step to the beat, clap to the rhythm, and she will assume you functional; a working appliance does not require attention. Elfriede Jelinek’s novel is a painful, brutal experience. 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. Throw your all into it, gild and grate your sanity into perfect form, and laugh at those whose pitiful minds cannot handle the wondrous Truth.

As such, I need to mention that this novel is not erotica, and I ths 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. Most of the time you get a ranting commentary on Erica which is made up of an unceasing flood of metaphors which change or get dropped mid-paragraph and never quite make sense.


To say much more would risk taking away the gasps a reader is entitled to when reading this. The novel follows Erika Kohut, teachr piano teacher in her late thirties who teaches at the Vienna Conservatory and still lives in an apartment with her very controlling teh, with whom Erika shares her elfriedr marriage bed. This is not bad literature, but I think it is pretty overrated. Sep 23, Dolors rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I am so very content with your Nobel, after all.

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The Piano Teacher – Elfriede Jelinek

There’s also a strange naivety to it, particularly in the childish exclamation marks that often come after such unremarkable observations as: Is it ever justifiable for one human being to take possession of another human’s will and freedom; is it okay to retain another human being for our own personal use, like you would do with a motor vehicle or a cup or a comb? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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. Over and over again.

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Dec pano, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: I wish I had more quotes to include, but I was too busy leaving the Coast to avoid Irma and I left my copy. What is love, exactly? Una lettura per stomaci forti.

Credo che il sarcasmo usi le metafore ma le metafore siano anche lo scudo e lo schermo con cui la Jelinek si difende dal dolore autobiografico. View all 3 comments.

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The elfride hyper-realism of Jelinek’s strokes reminded me very much of the art of Frida Kahlo, who, judging from photographs, tended to paint herself in a harsh unflattering light. Another interpretation of Erika’s behavior, which I think is also plausible and does not necessarily collide with my interpretationis that masochism is ultimately manipulative behaviour, which seems to fit, because the submissive seems to believe that they are procuring love with their submissive behaviour, but this argument loses me in the extension that the ‘sub’ in a sadomasochistic relationship, is actually efriede se the dominating partner.


The problem is that the human psyche cannot be painted in flat, realistic tones, because it is always an onion with layers. I don’t want to say very much about jelniek to be honest. But, honestly, I don’t recognize this very ideological reading.

The Piano Teacher

It often gets very close to complete gibberish. I have to take at least one star off for the ugliness, for having had to live through the experience of Jelinek forcing me to look through those darkly stained glasses through which Mother makes us look at the world.

Is it being suffocated by the one who piqno you or beaten by the one you think you love? Trivia About The Piano Teacher. But the writing, which is at times revelatory and brilliant and important, holds back the story when it is also repetitive, poorly structured, not particularly well paced.

Devo dire che tanta violenza, tanto malessere, tanta stortura, mi hanno lasciato dapprima perplessa. This adds to the experimental feel of the prose that is written from the viewpoint of an omniscient narrator who speaks the thoughts of the characters so loudly and with such seamless transitions, in a less subtle version of Virginia Woolfe’s stream of consciousnesss style, that one often finds it hard to distinguish who is ‘thinking’ and whether it is Jelinek’s or the character’s ideas and thoughts that we are reading.

Given the chance, each engages in te abuse of the other. Toxic Parents, toxic life. Order by newest oldest recommendations. I have made my way through this painful and upsetting novel.