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The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

Her mother abuses her financially and emotionally, and her student, a young piano player, is a source of frustration and fascination for her – and eventually also a source of abuse. She cannot go further, because mother is the one who confirms Erika’s own identity. 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.

In the second part of the novel she tries to break loose of her mother in trying to engage jelnek a sadomasochist relationship with her pupil Walter Klemmer, himself symbol of masculine arrogance and narcistic love. Lurid sex scenes, violence, depression, despair, social commentary. Something in a huge murky jar which you flinch from and turn away, sickened.

The Piano Teacher

If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Just one another, the television screen and sour gum bon-bons. Jelinek, Pijanistkinja 27 53 Dec 12, I came to fear the return of these sounds, while the beautiful music was meant to remain silent. It was more like one of those exhibitions of biological curiosities you got in some old teaching hospitals, somewhat frowned upon now, I imagine.

Write a customer review. Unhealthy obsessions wit The Piano Teacher is an unbearably gruesome read. The musicians must keep to the score and we must keep to the written notes.

This is one of my favorite books. I liked this exploration a lot, at times even more than a lot. Elfriede was classified as pretentious, difficult, a woman, yes, but hermetic and hyper intellectual, or so I got it from the reviews. Monatshefte in English and German. It often gets very close to complete gibberish. Erika takes large instruments on trains so that she can hit people with them and call it an accident, or kicks or steps on the feet of other passengers so that she can watch them blame someone else.


Do not speak of emotions with a single word; grip our hearts and plunge them into the carefully calibrated abyss. No male members are allowed in their small apartment, only the ghost of a father-husband figure hovering around vaguely with no consequence klavierspieperin his death in a mental institution a long time ago. From a literary-technical point of view this book is phenomenal: Open Preview See a Problem?

Following in her mother’s footsteps, she exerts control over students and inflicts pain without remorse. That cools him off. But maybe that is also the writing style. Excorciating psychological study of the utter failure of interpersonal connection.

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Published November 30th by Grove Press first published She may deserve a Nobel Prize in Literature for that. She tortures, taunts, cowers. Erika non prova quasi nulla, anche quando si taglia o si punge: Much of the criticism has been directed at the mother-daughter relationship; less attention has been paid to the aspect of music in the novel.

Ja, ich will doch alles richtig und gut machen! One suspects that the reason as to why Erika isn’t a great player, lies in the clue Erika gives about her playing: It seems, despite all that she has given it in the form of monetary stimulation and business schedule counseling and a dash of ‘Iloveyous’ when a debt needs to be filled, it has not yet been housebroken.

Since Erika’s father was absent and she jlinek spent her entire life in a tightly controlled relationship with Mother, she would have learned most of her socialization from her mother.

Musically Trained Torture: Violence and Pleasure in Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin

I took a trip to page and felt like I’d served my time. But more than technique is needed to be a concert pianist. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Thematically this novel seems more like a psychological study of an extremely deviated personality klaviedspielerin This is a tough one to rate and review. I’m trying to keep this short for two reasons – my own lack of time, and my desire to have you read this book. On the upbeat Ms. Mar 06, a Lena rated it it was amazing Shelves: I cut myself with razors and bleed out, I consume it back, which is me, part of me, it is mine.


Regardless, I ended up feeling as though the ideas and characters in this story were more consistently intriguing ejlinek the writing. Mother’s overbearing need to control her one child must be the result of a deep trauma in her own life. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion.

Simply put, this novel focuses on pain; the kind of pain that klavierspieleriin a character to dark underworld dungeons, to self mutilation, to bad relationships, to an obscured view of the world. I cannot say that I enjoyed this incursion in the grotesque, tenebrous entrails of the human psyche. Free Tumblr Online Counter. I should fie add the disclosure that the main reason this book was hard for me to stomach is that it had waaaayyyy too much autobiographical resonance.

I can’t exactly call this pornographic for who would voluntarily enjoy such stories for their sexual arousal? The novel is written in non-linear form, but without making use of ‘flashbacks’; relying purely on contextual evidence to orient us towards where in the narrative we are from a temporal point of view.

A bit more editing may have gone a long way here. Her own father also ended up in a mental institution, and although Jelinek eventually married, she remained living with her mother, only visiting her husband on weekends, right up to her mother’s death.