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  1. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    A bit like the moment in The Gold Rush where Charlie Chaplin opens his cabin door and the howling gale blasts him across the room and he spends the next five minutes trying to shut the door again – so many raging roaring ideas came hurtling out of these pages that I struggled to close the book at all Actually that’s not the right image Too healthy It was like one of those exhibitions of biological curiosities you got in some old teaching hospitals somewhat frowned upon now I imagine Something in a huge murky jar which you flinch from and turn away sickened Well it was a combination of insane howling tempest and formaldehyded grotesuerie It was both at the same timeSOMETIMES IT SEEMS THAT WOMEN DON’T MAKE IT EASY FOR THEMSELVESThat’s a bit of a sexist generalisation maybe but I give you The Story of O by Pauline Reage American Psycho directed by Mary Harron 50 Shades of Gray by E L James Topping from Below by Laura ReeseAnd now The Piano Teacher by Elfriede JelinekThese women should be busted for aiding and abetting the enemy Story of O for instance was written by a woman to rekindle the waning interest of her lover – how gross is that? Men are uite 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 Intellectual men will read stuff like The Piano Teacher and Story of O; and although they won’t read 50 Shades they will note the amazing success of that book and that its readers are 99% female; so these things become the cultural background radiation of our times; and the idea gets around that on some level maybe women actually want to be dominated and mistreated whatever they might say with their feminist voices Treat em mean and keep em keen So you get a situation where the grisly Robin Thicke gets caned up and down the land for his dreadful song Blurred Lines and the video You the hottest bitch in this placeI feel so luckyyou're an animal baby it's in your natureJust let me liberate youI'll give you something big enough to tear your ass in twoSwag on even when you dress casualI mean it's almost unbearableNothing like your last guy he too suare for youHe don't smack that ass and pull your hair like thatI know you want itEtc etcWhilst at the same time these high culture depictions of female masochism like Story of O and The Piano Teacher not to mention the writings of de Sade are strongly defended and Mary Harron’s film of American Psycho is parlayed into some kind of feminist statementNon intellectual men won’t be reading any of this stuff they’ll be playing Grand Theft Auto and pretending to kill hookers they’ve taken hostage So that’s the case for the prosecution The Piano Teacher whatever it may be is not helping CASE FOR THE DEFENCEThe introduction says This book does not set out to please or entertain the reader It does though set out to reveal all kinds of uncomfortable truthsA NYT critic wrote Many particularly in academic circles believe she has achieved a triumphant combination of avant garde techniue and progressive social criticismThe Nobel prize committee wrote for her musical flow of voices and counter voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society’s clichés and their subjugating powerWiki adds However one member of the Nobel Committee resigned over this decision describing Jelinek’s work as “whining unenjoyable public pornography” and “a mass of text shoveled together without artistic structure” In some way this 300 page descent into extreme female masochism is supposed to be a protest against patriarchy or fascism or Austria or male sexuality 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 Myself I think a healthier response to male oppression was provided by Aileen WuornosI THINK IT’S TRUE TO SAY THAT EVERY SENTENCE IN THIS NOVEL IS UNPLEASANT TO READ There may be two or three exceptions Our author’s voice is present tense horrified repulsed lascivious demented sneery commentary The author’s voice is as horrible as the main character is crazy For pages at a time it’s only possible to glean a general sense of what’s happening It often gets very close to complete gibberish 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 uite make sense Here are some of my favourite DAFT SENTENCES Because of the style it’s sometimes hard to tell if this stuff is supposed to be a reflection of the character’s diseased brains or is a comment by the author Also it is impossible for me to say if this translation is by someone who was unable to write a non contorted straightforward sentence in English; or if Elfriede Jelinek wanted to sound like an earnest Martian who has not uite mastered Earth languages yet So with those caveats I give you my top thirteenTHE FEEDBAGS OF MATERNAL DETRITUS Striding along Erica hates that porous rancid fruit that marks the bottom of her abdomenSimply by living his own life he has created his own sperm arduously and tediouslyHer body is one big refrigerator where Art is storedErika distrusts young girls; she tries to gauge their clothing and physical dimensions hoping to ridicule themTurkish men don’t like women; they never suffer their company willinglyMother smacks away at the loosened hairdo of the late season fruit of her wombErika’s will shall be the lamb that nestles down with the lion of maternal will This gesture of humility will prevent the maternal will from shredding the soft unformed filial will and munching on its bloody limbsShe stands on the floor 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 inYou can capture any woman if you exploit her awareness of her own physical inadeuaciesA man who meticulously slices up his wife and children and then stores them in the refrigerator in order to eat them later on is no barbaric than the newspaper that runs the itemShe yearns for a man who knows a lot and can play the violin Once she bags him he’ll caress her That mountain goat ready to flee is already clambering through the detritus but he doesn’t have the strength to track down her femininity which lies buried in the detritus She is one of those people who lead and guide most people Sucked into the vacuum of the absolute inertia of her body she shoots out of the bottle when it opens and she is then flung into a previously selected or unexpected alien existenceAfter a performance of Bach Both performers rise from their stools and bow their heads They are patient horses sticking their noses into the feedbags of everyday life which has reawakenedGIVE ME A BREAK The Piano Teacher then is the rancid fruit in the feedbag at the bottom of my abdomen


  2. Traveller Traveller says:

    Are our children ever our property? 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? Even when that human being belongs to another nation or is our own child? There is currently a world wide ban against making slaves of persons belonging to other nationalities though there is not yet consensus about making 'slaves' of other species or of our own childrenSome people are even passionate against making captives of wild animals against torturing them with an unnatural existence and having us preside over the fate of their life or death than they are about doing these things to human beings His vision from the constantly passing barshas grown so weary that it cannot holdanything else It seems to him there area thousand bars; and behind the bars no worldAs he paces in cramped circles over and overthe movement of his powerful soft stridesis like a ritual dance around a centerin which a mighty will stands paralyzedOnly at times the curtain of the pupilslifts uietly An image enters inrushes down through the tensed arrested musclesplunges into the heart and is gone The Panther Rainer Maria RilkeOne thing that Erika Kohut cannot do is to give of herself because there is no self to give from Erika's self has never had a chance to come out from behind the bars of maternal protection has never had a chance to stretch itself fully in the light Has never had a chance to feel the stretching and contraction of emotional muscles in action and so confined by the tight bars of her prison the muscles of Erika's self have atrophied and withered away in the darkness until all that was left was Mother and the great heights of The Mission Erika has failed in her Mission constructed and assigned by Motherdear of becoming a famous and revered concert pianist Not that Erika has not busted a gut trying practicing the piano is all she has been doing since her pre schooler years literally 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 child to injure her precious ten tipped tools; and then what would be left in the world for Erika and Motherdear? Just one another the television screen and sour gum bon bons Not even poor Father because he exited soon after daughter Erika entered the familial bed he was taken to the mental health funny farm in the back of the pig butcher's truckThis novel is starkly unforgiving in showing us the interior world of Viennese culture and the world of music professor Erika her mother and Erika's student and love object Walter Klemmer Three is a crowd they say but who is the superfluous one in this uncomfortable ménage à trois?In Motherdear's methodology of smothering her child's will to independence 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 erase 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 sueezing the bags down over her face holding and holding and holding it there until Daughterdear stopped twitching and kicking This mother was not incarcerated for this murder because our children are our possessions are they not?Mother in The Piano Teacher doesn't do this physically speaking of course but perhaps the pregnant daughter stifled by the plastic bags had a uicker out than Erika has Because Erika cannot feel anything any beyond rudimentary pain and even her pain has become a distanced thing something that has to be given expression by cutting or pricking herself because Erika cannot vocalize emotions or recognize them in their direct emotional form Once upon a time she still longed to get away from piano practice sessions to play outside with other young people but those urges are now long gone The urges knocking and pushing to come out now are met with a blind wall a wall where there is no opening They cannot come out any no matter where Erika cuts herself because she has had to build a wall around them She has had to wall off the filth inside her like an obedient child 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 Of course such purchases are met with blows and kicks and screeches and often Motherdear takes revenge for Erika's arriving home late even at age 35 by shredding some of these beloved pieces of clothing shredding the symbol of rebellion; the only thing that Erika has that is hers that doesn't belong to MotherdearSo is it a wonder then that anything as 'filthy' and rebellious and natural as sexual urges builds up and up and roils around inside blindly not knowing where to go? Urges which cannot find any expression because Mother guards those hands day and night literally checking that hands stay above board at night from her co position in the shared maternal bed We know how to look but we know we should not touch So when we feel aroused through Peeping Tom activities or by the beauty of music the only way we can find expression is to relieve internal pressure by relieving our bladder This activity is allowed and so this has become symbolic of relieving pressure I reckon it's not a co incidence that the urethral phase is the Freudian stage of separation anxiety I guess it's just another and rather superfluous under the circumstances way of Jelinek telling us that Erika had become frozen in the urethral stage unable to deal with separation anxiety Some of this novel seems to be autobiographical since Jelinek herself studied music as a result of her own overbearing Motherdear's desires Jelinek had to stop her studies and retire back under the maternal wing from whence she eventually launched her writing career due to 'an anxiety disorder' 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 deathAs such 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 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 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 As with Joyce's Ulysses one eventually becomes accustomed to this stylistic uirkThe novel is a stark condemnation of the negative aspects of the patriarchal puritanical side of traditional Teutonic society which denies nature as something ugly and filthy and in which cultural structures of power control and submission always angles hierarchical structures to respect age over youth male over female and tends to twist natural human relations into contorted shapes in order to conform to societal pressuresOne of the recurring themes in the novel is scenes depicting parents hitting their children; no wonder these kinds of behaviour breeds and perpetuates a culture of violenceThe novel is also a socialist critiue of bourgeoisie culture and the elevated status that classical music enjoys in the Viennese society that Erika grew up in Jelinek lived in Munich but her grandparents were Austrian and she seemed to have a bee in her bonnet about destroying popular images and conceptions of Austria as an idyllic placeThe sharp 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 Erika reminded me of this work by KahloThe 'hyper realist' feel of the novel has to do with the fact that Jelinek's artistic perspective was indeed an attempt at a literary version of Kahlo's artistic 'honesty' Jelinek purposely focuses on the ugliness of everything in order to offer the reader no retreat to force the reader to face the harsh 'reality' of the psychological landscape she paints leaving us no option but to see its uglinessThe problem is that the human psyche cannot be painted in flat realistic tones because it is always an onion with layers With credit to Shrek for the latter observation The novel is unrelenting in its characterization giving no uarter to any of the main characters we see no redeeming ualities in the small petty selfish world of Motherdear's pathetic existence and although we might feel twinges of sympathy for Erika at times make no mistake that she is drawn relentlessly with harsh clear strokes allowing no room for rose tinted glasses we see Erika in all of her inner ugliness in which there is yet intrinsically pathos but there is no heroism no reprieve no redeeming ualities; just deep frustrated need a need for love and recognition that Walter is unable to meet because he himself is needy; he needs a mother like love and he needs recognition and admiration from an authority figure in order to bolster his shaky self esteem something which older Erika cannot give because she herself is unable to give; she is emotionally and sexually a frozen being She is also even less able than Walter to initiate loving mutually reciprocal relations when it comes to love or sexAfter all the only thing that Erika has had any experience of doing lies in the structures of dominance and subjugation Erika has been taught that extreme subjugation to imprisonment and abuse is the way to procure love Motherdear has taught us this and this is the recipe that has worked in getting Motherdear's love so why is Walter not seeing extreme subjugation as love and acceptance? Erika does not understandI feel that part of the social and to some extent feminist commentary in the text lies with the fact that the only sexual role that Erika sees open for herself as a woman is that of subjugation a role she imagines will bring her love This is not only a commentary on sexual roles but also of the authoritarian Teutonic way of doing where everything exists in terms or power and domination and firstly malenessmachismo and then age determines your place in the pecking order of societyThere are some interpretations that would have it that Erika is just intrinsically kinky but Erika's behaviour can clearly be linked to her socialization process with Mother Mother says she loves Erika but Mother also hits Erika even as an adult and so Erika has learned to associate love with captivity and physical abuse His voice is almost toneless Erika knows that tone from her mother I hope Klemmer won’t hit me she thinks fearfully Please note that since we're talking about something as unpredictable and as yet not a fully charted landscape as the human psyche that my interpretations of the character's behaviours are only some interpretations out of a myriad of possibilitiesAnother interpretation of Erika's behavior which I think is also plausible and does not necessarily collide with my interpretation is 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 per se the dominating partner view spoiler Hmm 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 This apparently failed because Walter realized she was trying to manipulate him and he rejected that version of their dynamic by re asserting his own dominance by first rejecting her demands and then foisting an approximation of these demands upon her but at his convenience and I can agree with this interpretation to some extent but I think the WalterErika dynamic is possibly even complex than just that And I know there is an establishment review out there that suggests certain interpretations but the writer of that review is under the impression that Klemmer's main sport is hockey for f's sake Among other misreadings So there was definitely not a close reading thereA close reading of the text takes me back to the scenario where I feel that Walter's overriding reuirement from his relationship with Erika is a situation where he gets to shine but in the presence of a uasi maternal authority figure which is how Erika must have appeared to him in the classroom situation So he basically wanted to get it off with the teacher who suddenly is not acting like the teacher any She tended to be superior and cold towards him and to criticize him in the classroom but he wants to maneuver her into a position where she is going to give him warm approval and acceptanceBut also what Walter needed Erika to do was to react to him in a reciprocal way and I don't think we should condemn him for feeling repulsed by Erika's demands beyond that we might condemn him for being judgmental because in Erika's scenario as he voices the result himself What do I get out of all this? In Erika's scenario not only does he have to act in ways that feel 'unnatural' to him but he doesn't emotionally receive any of the things he had been looking for from the relationshipWhen Erika and Walter are in her room the first time when they shut Mother out via the wardrobe in front of the door The woman has made contact with him in writing but a simple touch would have scored a lot points She deliberately refused to take the path of tender female touching Yet she seems to be in basic agreement with his lust He reaches for her she doesn’t reach for him That cools him off This and other sections where it is mentioned that Klemmer wants something 'real' from Erika suggests to me that it is Erika's emotional and sexual passivity and inability to feel to respond appropriately and 'give' of herself that frustrates him 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 It seems to me that Erika's pain and her yearning are real But human beings 'learn' relationship behaviour along with all our other social behaviour in a process called socialization which is a process that all mammals undergo and it is learned from the senior members of a community most often the parents Since Erika's father was absent and she had spent her entire life in a tightly controlled relationship with Mother she would have learned most of her socialization from her mother So in Erika's world subjugating herself in this manner is the only act of 'love' that she knows and in this lies the pathos of the character for me and even some social commentary and some feminist commentary hide spoiler


  3. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    I vowed after wasting my time somehow managing to get through her utterly detestable novel Greed that I would never read Elfriede Jelinek again avoiding her books like one would avoid the Bubonic plague But I ran into a problem lately that being Actress Isabelle Huppert of whom I'm a massive fan and one of the few films of hers I've yet to see is Michael Haneke's 2001 film adaptation of Jelinek's novel After contemplating as to whether or not I read the book I decided that I would out of respect for Huppert plus I would always at least where possible want to read any novel before watching the film its based upon I don't all of sudden think any different about Jelinek as I did before and I still scratch my head about her receiving the Nobel Prize in Literature but at least The Piano Teacher was an improvement from what I'd read before I did find problems with this one that it suffered from being too naive in places but at least it was better written made sense and even though there were moments when I wanted to turn away I simply couldn'tSexuality and violence are brought together in what was a dark unsettling and uncompromising work but it's one I found was filled with humorous irony when digging around a little deeper With themes of sado masochism morbid voyeurism sexual violence self harm and suffocating maternal love this isn't a novel for the faint of heart Set in modern day Vienna Jelinek's novel plunges us into the mind of Erika Kohut a repressed piano teacher and failed concert pianist who inflicts pain on herself and engages in unpleasurable sexual voyeurism She lives with and sleeps in the same bed as her psychotically controlling mother The daughter is the overbearing Mother's idol and she demands from Erika in return It's a bizarre relationship which literally has them tearing each other's hair out A spanner is thrown into the works causing greater dysfunction when the arrival of Walter Klemmer a young pupil of Erika's at the Vienna Conservatory grabs her attention Soon a mutual obsession develops between them and it's not long before we venture into darker territory with a sadomasochistic relationship that refracts and reiterates the parallels between the relationships of mother and daughter teacher and pupil captor and captive Overall the effect the novel had was like being hosed down with shards of glassI thought I'd end up hating this but in the end its mixed feelingsHaving now seen the film I'd say I only slightly preferred it to the novel


  4. Aubrey Aubrey says:

    Show not tell The eternal plaint of literature Do not tell us of the parade; bleed our ears to the beat of cacophony Do not list out the throes of death; pierce our lungs and tie them up behind our backs Do not speak of emotions with a single word; grip our hearts and plunge them into the carefully calibrated abyssWell alright Let me give that a tryPeople say oh the joys of music People sigh oh the mystic devotion of motherhood People scream oh the sacrilegious desensitization of modern society People mutter oh the banal unknowns of sexual proclivity People think oh the place for man and the place for womanAlign yourself in pursuit of Art snip and stretch and crack the lazy spine into proper positioning till you soar high high above the masses in your ability to listen replicate understand Seek meaning in every pain and pain in every meaning and you will begin to perceive the discontent that drove the masters those divinities so much better than the uncouth animals slobbering over the music they left behind 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 Never mind the banalities of evil that crop up in the beginning those will soon recede before the tide of the Greater Things in Life In awareness at leastThere is a singular feeling to be found in those who know their mother well well enough to register their status as a financial investment in her eyes Step to the beat clap to the rhythm and she will assume you functional; a working appliance does not reuire attention Break from the track run around on newfound legs and divest yourself in dividends undesirable to the maternal streak and watch as the furious threats and emotional gutting chases after the errant child determined to slap and beat and bunch it back into shape How embarrassing 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 Back to the pruning it goes fill its head with thoughts of homelessness and disgrace then place a sack of cash at the end of the track Who wouldn't do anything for money? Those who value healthy emotional rapport over commercial value? Ha ha nonsense Mommie knows bestSociety isn't desensitized The social construct is simply content with its vague descriptions of horrors in a meaningless void of sound and fury its fuzzy images that fetishize the physical antagonist its panderings at atrocious thrills that spawn emulation rather than disgust Because as soon as a book like this comes along that portrays verbal abuse emotional manipulation casual rape and so many of the dregs in full relief in lurid detail lit not by candlelight but a spotlight seeking out the drippings and punctures of every orifice many shy away Show not tell remember? Careful that you don't eat your words in panicked offense No one said you were allowed to comfortably watch from the fully furnished box high up in the usual lofty assuredness of the Reader God sanitized and sanctified by virtue of distance No one said you weren't going to participateThat includes the sex and the sexual build up and the sexual reasoning and the sexual genders and the sexual expectations of said genders and the sexual expectations of who controls whom and for how long and what goes where and how the violence is to be rendered and the methods by which the violations are to be conducted and what gets mixed up in the mind and sludges itself down into the genitals and the pain Above all the pain Who plays whom they play and how Human being so confident in your non objectified status so content in the unexamined life so ignorant of your inner mechanisms where bone runs to blood and nurture suares off with nature on the battlefield of desire rampant where limits are a thing unknown for all the audience may shrill and bleat Are you sure?


  5. Dolors Dolors says:

    “I am convinced the most unfortunate people are those who would make an art of love It sours other effort Of all artists they are certainly the most wretched” Norman MailerErika Kohut the piano teacher is an instrument of nature aiming solely for artistic cleanliness She is an outstanding interpreter but won’t ever be able to perform Her soul has been sucked dry and her mind has been poisoned by a sadistic upbringing damaging permanently the neuronal connection that unites music and humanity She could have been a brilliant concertist but her inability to feel her incapability to express emotion after years of submission and mistreatment relegates her to a teaching position which is ideal to refract her own frustrations onto her “working third class” students and find creative forms of debasement as if she were writing the most sublime sonatas of repression and the most magnificent symphonies of abuseMusic arises as a metaphor for human behavior and its inclinations From rebel and sensual Schubert to the safety of technical perfection of Schumann from passion and pain to intellect and security from the most cultured refined and pure musical magnificence to the most dissonant shriek of gruesome violence Erika embodies a musical bipolarity in a crude first person atemporal narration veering between prose and poetryErika Kohut the piano teacher is a deeply disturbed woman trapped in an obsessive love hate relationship with her sickly controlling mother maximum manifestation 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 beingAs “an insect encased in amber timeless and ageless” Erika is baked inside the cake pan of eternity She is condemned to a withered existence devoid of any hint of warmth where only a vacuous flow of a systematic routine mercilessly torments her and fosters her libidinous instincts rooted deep in her entrails after suffering from decades of repression by her twisted motherNo male members are allowed in their small apartment only the ghost of a father husband figure hovering around vaguely with no conseuence after his death in a mental institution a long time ago Erika’s life is reduced to piano lessons and buying dresses she won’t ever wear as an act of defiance against her stingy mother on whom she depends in a pathological submissive and almost erotically incestuous wayErika Kohut the piano teacher paints her life in circular motions framing indistinct moments as theatrical scenes and random shots of a putrescent world where animal life rules implacably and predators hunt down their prey and copulation is an act of dominance and no spring breezes awaken anything 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 tendenciesErika cuts herself to let her blood run in red streams of desperation trying to see past her inert and lifeless carcass of a body trying to find her inner beauty trying to prove her heart is still pumping blood into her hollow corpse She can’t seem to feel anything neither pain nor arousal as much as she probes her flesh with knives and needles Undefined form of emptiness and vacant glances are the only reflections in the mirror a vampire of the maternal nestErika Kohut the piano teacher resists her student Walter Klemmer’s romantic advances stoically self consciously reminding herself of her inaptitude to give and receive affection and of her inadeuate tattered body 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 Mailer and resists the temptation of seeking hope and redemption She reaches the determination to show this sublime male specimen the dear price of his daring to desire her proving her dominance and supremacy to the worldBut even the most shrivelled of souls can’t ignore the intoxicating illusion of love as instrument of absolution; and the balance of forces both of love and power expand and contract merge and repel unpredictably shifting first from mother to daughter then from teacher to student only to finally backfire and make of the abuser a victim and of the abused an aggressor leaving only a blurred red trickle of blood glowing in golden sunbeams and festering wounds that will never properly healWhere to draw the line between the guilty and the innocent?Should parents be blamed for the miseries of their children? Should current generations pay for the sins committed by their ancestors?Aren’t families a reflection of a hierarchical society and its classist structures that oppress in terms of age gender and race?Haven’t patriarchal societies subjugated isolated and persecuted the unconventional throughout history?Can art redeem the ones beyond salvation?Erika’s wrenched attempt to transform her unsung symphony of love collides with the distorted cacophony of the rotten world she lives in leaving an open forever bleeding wound of silence shame and hopelessness annihilating the so much yearned for harmony of this desolate song called life


  6. Lisa Lisa says:

    I rarely think of Elfriede Jelinek any She used to be my favourite pet hate for a couple of years after she was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature Somehow I was reconciled with her in the year 2016 After all she is an intelligent talented woman who can write unbearably painful yet elouent and sophisticated prose I don't like her writing but she undoubtedly is a skilled and interesting author She may deserve a Nobel Prize in Literature for that So peace madeToday I reviewed my all time pet hate Strindberg one of the authors I have loved to torture myself with since adolescence His vitriolic evil brilliance just defies my need for rational aesthetic AND emotional approval I keep reading him and hating him and admiring him year after year All of a sudden I realised that I have exactly the same relationship to Elfriede Jelinek but that I am much less forgiving of her hatred despite understanding it better than Strindberg's privileged whining How come? Am I less tolerant towards brutal women? No I don't think so I was perfectly honest about my dislike of The Wasp Factory for its silly gratuitous violence And Banks' writing skills are not even close to Jelinek'sWhat is it then?My reading of Strindberg's I havsbandet made me come up with an idea I did not take his hatred seriously being so closely linked to his fears and need for control and so little connected to how women actually are in real lifeI do take Jelinek's descriptions of male female relationships seriously though And therefore she causes me to feel pain 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 She gets under my skin the moment I start reading And she is not exactly the kind of person whom I appreciate to feel under my skin Therefore as I am afraid of her crystal clear and dark observations I do what Strindberg did I hate what I fearI cannot despise it however It is too good for that She proves her superiority by carefully painting a picture showing her inferiority


  7. Mary Mary says:

    Erika the piano teacher has issues She’s in her late 30s an age we are repeatedly told is uite old and she sleeps in the matrimonial bed with her domineering mother hands outside the covers lest those fingers go wandering The book opens with Erika pulling a handful of hair out of her mother’s head and it only gets better worse from there To say much would risk taking away the gasps a reader is entitled to when reading this The synopsis of The Piano Teacher didn’t really prepare me for it at all I was looking forward to the mother daughter dynamic as I’m drawn to deranged parent child relationships; I had no idea just how deranged it would be Of all the foul and sadistic events in this book a small animalistic scene between mother and daughter in bed haunted me the most I had to look away for a while and I’m not generally one who is easily bothered This book gets on you like slime The breathless narrative is ugly beautiful Jelinek’s voice was tormented and uite impressive and her inner darkness translates to the page skillfully in the minds of the characters all of which are damaged and pent up Erika’s perversions gnaw; the tension festers She wanders around Vienna’s seedy neighborhoods sniffing soiled tissues in peep show booths and peeing in bushes after watching a couple have sex The tension builds She tortures taunts cowers She’s a woman child suppressed to the utmost extreme lost inside her urges confused and faltering and her cat and mouse game has very adult conseuences At times Erika is sadistic and controlling and we think that’s what she is then she’s submissive and insecure Halfway through I read that Jelinek’s writing is highly autobiographical; just like Erika’s father Jelinek’s father was institutionalized and even after Jelinek married she remained living with her controlling mother visiting her husband on weekends The hold Erika’s mother had on her and the deep torment she felt was an amplified howl of suffering from an author who can only have been stifled and deeply distressed herself It was uncomfortable to read not because the events and subjects are shocking and explicit which they most certainly are but because you’re much too close to someone’s private pain Fittingly the story climaxes with devastating anguish on the very last page and it’s blinding and hideous


  8. Josh Josh says:

    I cut myself with razors and bleed out I consume it back which is me part of me it is mineSitting down in a pasture full of slimy eels crushing them as they discharge their sueamish bits all over meLetting the gelatinous barrage of honey overwhelm me while ants gnaw at my skin Breaking glass and running my fingers over it crushing it in my bare hands letting it stick out from every pore it manages to punctureThis orifice of mine is not just mine but someone else's; it can't tell me how to feel but IT THEY can enslave me I am THEIR slave Own me Rape me Gag me Bind me Devour meThe above is given for the effect it had on me it affected me in ways that no book ever has made upon me and I'll never forget it it's highly unforgettable It engages you in a story of a repressed adult as you see her rip herself apart sadistically as she tries to figure out what love is What is love exactly? Is it being suffocated by the one who loves you or beaten by the one you think you love? She doesn't know and will never know 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


  9. Declan Declan says:

    'The Piano Teacher' is like a piece of chamber music; a dissonant serial composition with cold confused Erika on piano Mother on violin always fiddling away even or especially when uncalled for by the score and supplying the lower notes Walter Klemmer on cello a little arrogant regarding his abilities and too keen to wave his bow aboutThe music is without melody or harmony but it is a stunning piece of virtuoso writing The sounds are jarring violent cacophonous Much of the techniue the musicians use is unorthodox bowing beneath the bridge hammering on the piano keys with fists There isn't a moment of beauty in the entire work Its most unusual feature is that it has a conductor Elfriede Jelinek More unusual again is that she is not just conducting the trio she is conducting us the readers as well and she appears a little over anxious that we should view everthing exactly as she does The musicians must keep to the score and we must keep to the written notesOn the upbeat Ms Jelinek breaths in She breaths in all of the air in the room We are hers until she chooses if ever she does to breath out again I surrender dearMother progenitor of all that occurs in the novel is an appalling creature Her determination to keep her daughter within her control at all times to the extent that they share a bed must result from a deep fear of which we are ignorant She lived through the World war 2 but we know nothing of her experiences nor those of the man she married a man who may at that time already have had the mental health problems which would later in his life result in his being confined in a mental institution Mother's overbearing need to control her one child must be the result of a deep trauma in her own life Her fear of being left alone is beyond any normal uneasiness at such a prospect This woman is psychotic It is with her husband that she should be finding company The two of them on different floors of that big building on the hillErika born from the one dribble of seed that man implanted in that woman 35 years on she has been so shielded from regular society that she has no idea who or what she is Mama saw early on that she might just have the talent to be a concert pianist Practice practice Competition Practice practice Competition But than techniue is needed to be a concert pianist To play Schubert Schumann Chopin you must know something of the range of emotions which were freely available and known to the composers Erika has heard of such emotions but has no first hand experience of any of them Gradually feeling can only be located through extreme actions Cutting herself brings forth a feeling pain so that seems worth doing occasionally She feels a kind of lust but has no means to express or expunge it Peep shows and pornography become a fascination a means of being in the vicinity of this activity of which she knows little But combined with her already distorted and grotesue idea of human relations what was home life like when both her father and mother were present? this leads to ideas forming in her head about how emotional connections might be achieved which have no place in any relationship Walter Klemmer by being interested in Erika provides a point of fixation for her; a means by which she can attempt to process physical connections which will break through into those feelings she has never known But what does she know? He is a student in the music academy where she now teaches so she has some modicum of authority the element of her character to which he is responsive but she has no agency within the realm of her own emotional range All of her receptors are malfunctioning The gramophone of her mind is running down; the soprano is becoming a bass and nothing is making any sense He is clueless She has a screw loose Let's call the whole thing off It looks as if we two will never be oneSomething must be done Erika strides through the smelly room a bizarre spindle shanked bird in the zoo of secret needs Breath out again please Frau Jelinek I have followed your every word fascinated repulsed upset confused I understand too that we are all uiescent in the face of state brutality and too meek before a state system which keeps us in our place But please put your baton down I can't take any


  10. Manybooks Manybooks says:

    In many ways Elfriede Jelinek's Die Klavierspielerin is amazing 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 Erika Kohut's mother might seem a harridan and even rather like a monster and she is that and but in many ways she is also just another spoke in the wheel so to speak and Erika herself even though she has faced her mother's abuse and dictates all of her life including than creepily having to share a bed with her also deliberately and often maliciously chastises and degrades her piano students transferring the abuse and thus keeping the wheels of power of societal embattlement and dysfunctional family structures spinning and continuously flourishingHowever as much as I have always appreciated and still do appreciate Die Klavierspielerin I have also never been able to fully and happily enjoy it both thematics and writing style while certainly enlightening and thought provoking are also generally just too nauseating too all inclusively offensive with basically every single character presented as being majorly dysfunctional often abusive sexually frustratedperverted and actually no generally positively conceptualized characters seem to exist at all Die Klavierspielerin is a novel that I most definitely am glad to have read three times now and I can certainly understand why and how Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize in literature for her oeuvre but it is also a novel I would not likely ever willingly read a fourth time unless it were reuired of me academically; not comfort reading by any stretch of the imagination Die Klavierspielerin is a novel that makes you think and that should make you think albeit also and always leaving a necessary but rather nasty and bitterly nauseating aftertaste


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Die Klavierspielerin ❴PDF / Epub❵ ✅ Die Klavierspielerin Author Elfriede Jelinek – Thomashillier.co.uk The Piano Teacher the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature is a shocking searing aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and h The Piano Teacher the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature is a shocking searing aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desiresErika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother Her life appears to be a seamless tissue of boredom but Erika a uiet thirty eight year old secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night to watch live sex shows and sadomasochistic films Meanwhile a handsome self absorbed seventeen year old student has become enad with Erika and sets out to seduce her 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 degradationCelebrated throughout Europe for the intensity and frankness of her writings and awarded the Heinrich Böll Prize for her outstanding contribution to German letters Elfriede Jelinek is one of the most original and controversial writers in the world today The Piano Teacher was made into a film released in the United States in was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.

  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • Die Klavierspielerin
  • Elfriede Jelinek
  • English
  • 06 April 2016
  • 9780802118066

About the Author: Elfriede Jelinek

The Piano TeacherShe was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in for her musical flow of voices and counter voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power.