I have discovered Elfriede Jelinek in 2001 via the movie The Piano with Isabelle Huppert in the starring role. The film moved me deeply and I had to read the novel as well. It was disturbing somehow, very moving and deep. Mrs Jelinek managed to discover in me feelings I did not often have while reading, but this made me read more ie Liebhaberinnen (Women as Lovers) and Die Ausgesperrten (Wonderful, Wonderful Times).
Mrs Jelinek is an Austrian novelist and playwright who came to international awareness when she was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature. Jelinek's works frequently explicate relationships of domination and the distasteful hidden truths that underlay both personal relationships and society as a whole. She is famed for both her chilling frankness and her powerful, innovative use of language.
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