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Pianistka (original 1983; edition 2004)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802118062, Hardcover)
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 her darkest desires.
Erika 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 quiet 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 enamored 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 degradation.
Celebrated 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 2001, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes.
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Erika Kohut, a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory, is in her 40's and still lives with her mother. Their relationship is deeply disturbed, but it is Erika's twisted sexuality which dominates her, visiting porn cinemas and peep shows. Her life is dramatically disturbed by a handsome young student who feels his musical talent is not sufficiently appreciated by Kohut. As the relationship between teacher and pupil spirals rapidly out of control, Jellnek paints a terrifying picture of a woman consumed by the ecstasy of self-destruction.
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