The Piano Teacher

The Piano Teacher

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 The Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a s...

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Title:The Piano Teacher
Author:Elfriede Jelinek
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Die Klavierspielerin
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:288 pages pages

The Piano Teacher Reviews

  • Tim
    Mar 28, 2007
    This is one of my favorite books. I can't even describe how amazed I was when I finished this book. Jelinek moves the reader from character to character, rarely telling us who we inhabit, yet unlike so many other books that abuse this device, it works. Commentary is mixed in with thoug...
  • Nate D
    May 10, 2016
    Excorciating psychological study of the utter failure of interpersonal connection. Austria would appear to have issues that can only be worked through via brutal works of art, and in many ways Jelinek is harsher than anything approached by Bernhard. In some ways Jelinek writes in an an...
  • Paul Bryant
    Dec 30, 2013
    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 clos...
  • Allison Floyd
    Mar 18, 2008
    This book was, to borrow someone else's phrasing, punishingly unendurable. But in the best possible way. The writing is like a luscious chocolate dessert sprinkled with sparkling shards of glass. The ladies (and gent) in this tome all strike me as the type who would grind up glass and ...
  • Brian
    Sep 05, 2013
    The opposite sex always wants the exact opposite. Jelinek writes in perfect compact sentences; streamlining and buffing those collection of words between periods to contain only what is needed, nothing more. She knows that her mother's embrace will completely devour and digest h...
  • K.D. Absolutely
    Jan 29, 2010
    A smut. A pornographic material pretending to be, or as seen by many, as a work of art. I just don't get the fact that this was written by the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature winner, Elfriede Jelinek (Austrian playwright and novelist) and its movie adaptation (that I saw and did not li...
  • Manybooks
    Dec 26, 2009
    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) ...
  • Traveller
    Dec 02, 2013
    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 bein...
  • Traveller
    Dec 03, 2013
    Three and a half stars One of the questions that arose for me while reading this novel, was: 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 p...
  • Hadrian
    May 08, 2012
    The Piano Teacher is an unbearably gruesome read. It starts off with a brutal spat of domestic violence (with fistfuls of pulled hair) and ends with two of the most disgusting sex scenes I've read in modern literature. This is not a novel about personal growth or development, but a...
  • Aubrey
    Mar 05, 2013
    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 ...
  • Michael
    Mar 19, 2015
    Ich habe es versucht; Beim Grab meines verstorbenen Kanarienvogels schwre ich, ich habe versucht, DIE KLAVIERSPIELERIN zu lesen. Mein soziales Umfeld hat mich bei diesem Unternehmen nach Krften untersttzt. Meine Frau hat mich mit noch gesnderer und ausgewogenerer Ernhrung a...
  • Mary
    Sep 13, 2014
    Erika, the piano teacher, has issues. She?s in her late 30s, an age we are repeatedly told is quite 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 o...
  • Neal Adolph
    Dec 19, 2016
    Can I keep this short and sweet? Maybe. Let's see. Elfriede Jelinek is, perhaps, one of the most controversial of the Nobel Prize Winners from the 21st Century. I think that drew me to her. This one literary message board that I am a member of has a constant hate-on for her contribu...
  • Isidora
    Jan 12, 2017
    I have made my way through this painful and upsetting novel. Ever since Elfriede Jelinek won Nobel Prize in 2004, but didn?t come to Stockholm to pick it up, I have believed that she was not for me. Elfriede was classified as pretentious, difficult, a woman, yes, but hermetic and h...
  • Ema
    Jul 21, 2012
    Elfriede Jelinek's novel is a painful, brutal experience. I cannot say that I enjoyed this incursion in the grotesque, tenebrous entrails of the human psyche. I came back to reality saddened and disgusted, having tasted the extent of destruction which overbearing parents can have on th...
  • Declan
    Nov 22, 2013
    '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 arroga...
  • Josh
    Dec 16, 2015
    I cut myself with razors and bleed out, I consume it back, which is me, part of me, it is mine. Sitting down in a pasture full of slimy eels, crushing them as they discharge their squeamish bits all over me. Letting the gelatinous barrage of honey overwhelm me, while ants gnaw at my ...
  • Simona
    Jun 01, 2013
    Questo romanzo di una crudelt, una spietatezza incredibile, ti lacera l'anima e il cuore. Il rapporto ossessivo, perverso, angusto, morboso, intriso di critiche e asprit tra madre e figlia lascia sgomenti, inquieti, angosciati e il lettore si sente al centro di questo turbinio d...
  • a  Lena
    Mar 06, 2018
    Evo i sedmicu dana nakon ?itanja jo? uvijek imam kamen u grudima i ne mogu da zapo?nem sa ?itanjem sljede?e knjige, toliko je te?ka bila (tematika, protagonistkinja, knjiga, sve). Mo?da zvu?i ru?no i mu?no, ali kada se radi o knji?evnosti, mu?no je dobro. ...
  • طَيْف
    Aug 06, 2013
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  • ايمان
    Aug 17, 2014
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  • Cheryl
    Sep 05, 2017
    I read this as I also explored, in separate texts, how pain is depicted in literature. Norridge, in Perceiving Pain, explores writers memorializing pain as a way of lament, a way of bearing witness to the suffering of past and present. While this book is certainly different, setting an...
  • Roberto
    Jan 08, 2018
    Straziami ma di baci saziami La lettura sempre un grandissimo arricchimento personale, ma anche vero che leggendo molto si tende ad alzare continuamente l'asticella del gradimento, si diventa pi esigenti e, purtroppo, pi disincantati; lo stupore sensazione che si prov...
  • Dolors
    Sep 23, 2013
    ?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 Mailer Erika Kohut, the piano teacher, is an instrument of nature aiming solely for artistic cleanliness. She...
  • Hendrik
    Jan 20, 2018
    Es ist egal ob die Jelinek in der Zeitung steht oder im Regal ? Nein, nein, doppelt nein! Mein Fazit nach diesem Buch lautet: Holt die Jelinek aus dem Regal und lest! Die Klavierspielerin ist eine Wiener Melange aus Hochkultur und Perversion. Ich schme mich fast selbst zuzugeben, m...
  • Issa Deerbany
    Jan 30, 2018
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  • Grazia
    Aug 19, 2017
    "Per quanto la si invochi, non si trova una sola anima buona" Questo romanzo, l'ascolto di questo romanzo in realt, stato il compagno di viaggio dei tragitti di spostamento verso mete austriache e germaniche. In particolare di un interminabile viaggio di ritorno da Monaco dur...
  • Lisa
    Jun 25, 2014
    I rarely think of Elfriede Jelinek anymore. 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 ...
  • Dajana
    Sep 18, 2016
    Po?to vidim da niko od mojih prijatelja nije ?itao 'Pijanistkinju', pi?em ovaj prikaz u ?elji da inspiri?em na ?itanje jer mi je ovo jedna od najdra?ih knjiga. Elfride Jelinek je jedna vrlo neobi?na dama, ako se ikad guglali ne?to o njoj, verujem da znate, i veliki deo ovog d...