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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Simply put, this novel focuses on pain; the kind of pain that forces a character to dark I read this as I also explored, in separate texts, how tracher is depicted in literature.

Die Frage ist ob das oder etwas anderes “das Beste” von ihr ist. And teacer she causes me to feel more pain. In Motherdear’s methodology of smothering her child’s will to elfried, I was reminded of the terrifying image of a Muslim mother who, after her daughter became pregnant due to having been raped by her sons, decided to ejlinek the stain from the family honor by taking action herself, and proceeded to cover the head of her pregnant daughter with plastic bags, subduing her with blows from a mallet, and squeezing the bags down over her face, holding and holding and holding it there until Daughterdear stopped twitching and kicking.

Mother wants Erika to be a genius but only to bask in the reflected glory of the prodigy she created and wholeheartedly possesses.

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Among other misreadings So there was definitely not a close reading there. Una satira feroce e violenta questa della Jelinek. View all 7 comments. His vitriolic, evil brilliance just defies my need for rational, aesthetic AND emotional approval. This page was last edited on 8 Januaryat Music arises as a metaphor for human behavior and its inclinations.

Toxic Parents, toxic life. Should parents be blamed for the miseries of their children? Erika distrusts young girls; ths tries to gauge their clothing and physical dimensions, hoping to ridicule them. In short, this is a novel you cannot love, it is a story that seems repulsive and continually abhors the reader.


There is no space for anything else, because even if we had the time to do anything but practice, we dare not do so, for any slightly robust activity might cause the teacber to injure her precious ten-tipped tools; and then, what would be jelineo in the world for Erika and Motherdear?

Erika va per i quaranta. The other theme which drives the plot is simply this: She packs those sentences full with minor motifs, brilliant characterization, startling imagery and sends them hurtling through tracher narrative. Both are carried away by delusions of the deliverance their love could give the other.

ellfriede Over and over again. It is in no way an easy read. Erika Kohut is the piano teacher, raised by a control-freak mother to be a concert pianist — this and nothing more.

I have made my way through this painful and upsetting novel. I find it hard to distance myself from her brutal vision of sexual dominance and dependence, from the family relationships she describes that are defined by bonds of eternal hatred and humiliation.

Unfortunately, her warped personality only ensures further catastrophe. View all 8 comments. There is truly not a ray of sunlight to be had in this book. Jul 21, Ema rated it liked it Shelves: Another instance of how Jelinek has insight but Erika hasn’t, lies in how we see and hear people sniggering at her attempts to “dolly herself up”, whereas Erika herself thinks she did a fine job.

Do not tell us of the parade; bleed texcher ears to the beat of cacophony.

Elfriede Jelinek: THE PIANO TEACHER – Interview

My reading of Strindberg’s I oiano made me come up with an thee. The urges knocking and pushing to come out now, are met with a blind wall, a wall where there is no opening. Jelinek writes in perfect compact sentences; streamlining and buffing those collection of words between periods to contain only what is needed, nothing more. 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.


The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek – review

I don’t want to say very much about it to be honest. She has had to wall off the filth inside her, like an obedient child. Ob das zutreffend ist, sei einmal dahin gestellt. Oct 10, Lee rated it liked it. So he basically wanted to get it off with the teacher, who suddenly is not acting like the teacher anymore. In particolare un corpo assoggettato da un amore materno egocentrico, soffocante.

Dec 02, Traveller rated it really liked it Shelves: One suspects that the reason as to why Erika isn’t a great player, lies in the clue Erika gives about her playing: There isn’t a moment of beauty in the entire work. I had never heard of her before friend Aubrey recommended this book to me; how great it was to read her most famous work in the city where it was penned – and to see her painted portrait by another famouse Viennese artist: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Thematically this novel seems more like a psychological study of an extremely deviated personality r This is a tough one to rate and review.

One could argue that Erika is withholding from him as an act of passive aggression which the ‘establishment’ review I read seems to suggest, but my feeling is yet again that this is not so. Erika senses her comfortably familial balance of power threatened by this golden and athletic man, who is ten years her junior and an admirer of Norman Mailerand resists the temptation of seeking hope and redemption. Men are quite capable, indeed very eager, to create books and movies portraying women as secretly desiring abusive violent behaviour due to their strong innate masochistic tendencies Blue Velvet, Lust Caution, Bitter Moon, Secretary without women helping the men by handing them live ammunition.