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I think that I can go with that in that in this novel, Erika thought that she would be able to manipulate Walter and elicit love from him in the same way that she does with Mother, via apparent subjugation of herself. After all, she is an intelligent, talented woman who can write unbearably painful, eie eloquent and sophisticated prose. Erika Kohut, the piano teacher, is a deeply disturbed woman trapped in an obsessive love-hate relationship with her sickly controlling mother, maximum klavierspielsrin of a tainted society, who deprived Erika from her childhood, from her self-respect and her independence because of a perverse and selfish fixation for her daughter to become a talented musician, creating an unnatural bond between the two women, which leads to the complete annulment of Erika as a human being.

Erika expresses this latent violence as well and need for control in many other scenes throughout the book. Erika knows that tone from her mother.

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. Dec 16, Josh rated it really liked it Shelves: Ma sicuramente di pregio.

Do not speak of emotions with a single word; grip our hearts and plunge them into the carefully calibrated abyss. Toxic Parents, toxic life.

Elfriede Jelinek*Die Klavierspielerin* Illustration by Victoria Trok –

As he paces in cramped circles, over and over, the movement of his powerful soft strides lkavierspielerin like a ritual dance around a center in which a mighty will stands paralyzed. So, partly autobiographical as the character of Erika may be, she is definitely not shown in a sympathetic light, which brings me to how I should rate this book. It was more like one of those exhibitions of biological curiosities you got in some old teaching hospitals, somewhat frowned upon now, I imagine.


Hardcoverpages. Peep shows and pornography become a fascination, a means klavierspielerib being in the vicinity of this activity of which she knows little. Of all artists, they are certainly the most wretched. 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.

She cannot go further, because mother is the one who confirms Erika’s own identity. There is something condescending and, even worse, boring about that.

Erika, the piano teacher, has issues. Should parents be blamed for the miseries of their children?

Elfriede Jelinek*Die Klavierspielerin*

Simply put, this novel klavierspileerin on pain; the kind of pain that forces a character to dark I read this as I also explored, in separate texts, how pain is depicted in literature. To ask other readers questions about The Piano Teacherplease sign up. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. She is llavierspielerin even less able than Walter to initiate loving, mutually reciprocal relations when it comes to love or sex. She uses a very detached point of storytelling Erika, the mother and the pupil are always described in the third personbut she mixes this with a very ingenious form of independent inner monologue.

I’m trying to keep this short for two reasons – my own lack of time, and my desire to have you cie this book. Visceral, explosive, descriptive in a horrifying, yet also curiously enticing manner, the novel presents a massively cracked and crumbling, distorted mirror of society not just Austrian society, but society in general and how stranglingly vigorous and seemingly impossible to fray and sever the patriarchal structures and fibres of power and might are and continue to be and how they consume and infiltrate everything and everyone.


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. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: If you’re that sort of literary masochist, please go on.

The urges knocking and pushing to come out now, are met with a blind jelniek, a wall where there is no opening.

Refresh and try again. I can’t take any more. 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.

The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

Ich hatte ihn bereits vor einiger Zeit gesehen. The musicians must keep to the score and we must keep to the written notes.

It is, at the same time, a discharge valve which helps her survive a suffocating relationship which has crippled her spirit.

I cannot say that I enjoyed this incursion in the grotesque, tenebrous entrails of the human psyche.

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Die Frage ist ob das oder etwas anderes “das Beste” von ihr ist. In many ways, Elfriede Jelinek’s Die Klavierspielerin is amazing. But, if you haven’t yet read the book, I hope you will.