"The Piano Teacher , [winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature,] is an exploration of fascism, not so much in the political sense as in the personal. In Joachim Neugroschel's excellent translation, the language is simple yet full of imaginative, often-funny metaphors, the view of the world original, if at times almost painfully bizarre."-New York Times Book Review
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 ot...more
Well, alright. Let me give that a try.
People say, oh, the joys of music! People sigh, oh, the mystic devotion of motherhood! People scream, oh, the sacrilegious desensitization o...more
Erika 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 hum...more
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 her, yet she is magically drawn to it.
She packs those sentences full with minor motifs, brilliant characterization, startling imagery and sends them hurtling through the narrative. But there's a jack-knifed 18-wheeler of a...more
There is almost no sign of beauty, goodness or hope...more
One book to match all those shades of grey
What really made me pick this book is the great divide between those who love it and those who hate it to bone. A couple of friends bashed it with a one-star, and instead of running away from it, I wished for it during our Christmas party exchange gift. I was given Pamuk and Muller books, so I took the time to hunt for Jelinek and luckily, I found her.
I mentioned months ago that I’ve already watched the film adaptation o...more
The music is without melody or harmony, but it is a stunning piece of virtuoso writing. The sounds are jarring, violent, cacophonous. Much of the techn...more
بفكرة مبتكرة تخوض الكاتبة النمساوية "الفريدي ايلينيك" الحائزة على جائزة نوبل (2004)، في عالم مظلم لأم وابنتها، الأم التي تسعى لأن تعتلي ابنتها غمام الشهرة من خلال عزفها على البيانو...وتمارس سلطة خانقة عليها...وسيطرة تفوق الحدود...بل تنظر لابنتها كملكية ثابتة كل ما يهمها هو أن تحافظ عليها وتحتفظ بها:
"يعتري الأم قلق شديد، لأن أول شيء يتعلمه المالك، وعلى نحو مؤلم، هو أن منح الثقة شيء جيد، لكن السيطرة أفضل، وكل ما...more
Even the ending doesn't disappoint, which I was so sure, up until I...more
Don't know whether it was because of the hasty translation in the wake of nobel announcement, the inherent complex structure of the prose or the reading OCD, this is one of the very few books I have attempted more than once (quite a few times to be honest) and failed in midway. When I actually completed it this time, I was able to recollect the words in many places even before going through them :-|
The Piano Teacher follows the love hate tr...more
This was one of the book that I brought with me during my 2-day stay (March 4 & 5, 2010) in the hospital for my knee operation. I was ab...more
THE PIANO TEACHER's passion leaves only red marks on your back and crevices in your soul.
The novel is structured in two parts. Part one can be dense and a little slow going; some passages are almost oppressively detailed and melodramatic in a way that is equally pleasurable and frustrating. Part two is action-dr...more
تعاني الشخصية الرئيسية للرواية، "أريكا" من هيمنة "مطريركية" (إن صح التعبير) أي هيمنة من قبل والدتها التي حاولت، ومازالت، تشكيل ابنتها وقولبتها من خلال استحواذها والتصرف معها كجزء من ممتلكاتها الخاصة
تهرب أريكا من هذا الواقع الذي يكبّلها إلى عالم خاص تقوم هي بتشكيله وقولبته، بخبرتها القليلة في الحياة، ظانّة أنه عالم يعكس حقيقة مشاعرها وتطلعاتها ورغباتها
تستحوذ على أحد تلاميذها محاولة إدخاله إلى عالمها وفق شر...more
Una figlia Erika, dedita all'autolesionismo e al voyeurismo nei peep show del Prater, la cui vita è stata fin dall'infanzia programmata in nome del...more
How about disgusting, revolting, disturbing -- and utterly fascinating and entertaining.
Jelinek puts reader (or this reader,anyway) in position of being both an addicted voyeur and a moral scold. As strange as this may sound for story filled with so much sexual neuroses, it's quite funny at times. Just at the point where you're ready to call the Vice Squad on these characters for crimes against good taste, and sentence Jelinek to 20 years in a nunnery, she makes...more
I'm sure there are abundant allegories to be found in this tale of a repressed and mother-dominated piano teacher in Austria - it seems that there are things standing for other...more
تتحرك يلنيك ببطء عبر هذه العلاقة لتيحث عميقا عن مفهومي التسلط و القمع الذين يعيشان جنبا الى جنب مع إيريكا،نجحت في ذلك لتِؤكد ما كتبه كونديرا في كتابه فن الرواية : "الرواية التي لم تكتشف قطعة مجهولة من الحياة رواية ناشزة،فالمعرفة هي الفضيلة الوحيدة للر...more