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Greed

by Elfriede Jelinek

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I had to put this down. The English rendition is nearly impossible. Translation and editing and even proof reading problems I think.

"Perhaps the son is more versatile and can also give orders, the way he looks makes me curious: a somewhat angular face, across which the thoughts, which in all people like to spread out, merely seem to shyly slip away. Well. But the will would be there now, what is he going to use it for?"

What are those commas doing there? Or the colon, which usually signals a proof, an explanation or a list of something that came before. Why the double use of "which"? Is this all in the original? Does a native German reader have a similar sensation of clumsiness?

Or here, which we can understand, but again, what is that comma doing?
"What am I forced to look at, when I open this old newspaper?"

Maybe another year when I have grown more patient... Or perhaps another of her books. She's highly thought of but we who want to know why need a way in. ( )
  William.Kirkland | Aug 21, 2013 |
Whether it is because of the translation or the original obscurity I don't know but I could make nothing of this - perhaps I'm thick! ( )
  Mouldywarp | Mar 7, 2012 |
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In diesem "Unterhaltungsroman", der niemanden unterhalten kann oder soll, geht es um den obersteirischen Gendarm Kurt Janisch, der "besessen" von Gier ist -- der Gier nach Frauen, der Gier nach Besitz, der Gier nach Häusern. Seine Realität besteht aus drei Ebenen: seiner Ehefrau, seinem Opfer Gerti, der Städterin, die aufs Land gezogen ist, und deren Haus er unbedingt besitzen möchte und der 16-jährigen Gabi, die zwar kein Haus, aber ungenutzte Räume in sich birgt. Da diese "Dreigleisigkeit" auf Dauer nicht gut gehen kann, greift er zur brutalsten aller Möglichkeiten: Er bringt die junge Gabi um und versenkt sie im Baggerteich. Ineinander und miteinander verwoben sind die Erzählstränge -- die erzählenden Personen wechseln ständig oder die Erzählerin greift ein -- ohne Rücksicht auf den Leser. Erzählt wird eine Geschichte der Brutalität, der "Gier", der Vereinnahmung bis zum Tod. Wobei sich diese beiden Begriffe -- Frauen und Häuser -- derart ineinander verweben und zu austauschbaren "Objekten" werden, dass die Erzählerin oft selbst nicht mehr unterscheiden kann, von welchem der beiden Begriffe sie eben erzählt. Der Mann als besitzergreifender Eindringling in Häuser und Frauen, der Mann aber letztlich auch als Opfer seiner Umgebung, des -- kaum angedeuteten -- politischen Umfeldes, der neuen Gesellschaft, in der Besitz wichtiger ist als alles andere. Nicht zuletzt dokumentiert Jelinek mit der Beschreibung des Baggersees, in dem die Leiche der 16-jährigen Gabi liegt -- einer der eindringlichsten Teile des Romans -- den Zustand der Gesellschaft dieses Landes. Ein schwer lesbarer Roman, ein "stilloser" Roman, der dem Leser einiges abverlangt, der jegliche humane Einstellung bewusst im Keim erstickt, der die Menschen als Täter und Opfer zeigt, und der letztlich dem Leser keinerlei Spielraum lässt -- zu eindringlich und despotisch zeichnet er die Wirklichkeit. --Lisbeth Legat -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch .

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"Kurt Janisch is an ambitious, but frustrated, country policeman. Things are not going right in his life - at least not fast enough. But a country policeman gets talking to a lot of people in the line of duty - particularly women. Lonely, middle-aged women, women with a bit of property perhaps ... Matters go from bad to worse: for Kurt Janisch, for the women who fall for him. Someone sees too much, knows too much. Soon there's a body in a lake and a murderer to be caught." "A thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, Greed is Elfriede Jelinek's most accessible novel since The Piano Teacher. As always, Jelinek gives the reader a lot more to think about: the ecological costs of affluence, the inescapable burden and inadequacy of everyday words, the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, the impossibility of life without relationships. In Greed, a powerful reflection on ageing, Jelinek expresses her love/hate relationship with Austria, producing a mesmerising portrait of evil."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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