"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
This is not a novel about personal growth or development, but about the opposite. Our main character, a piano teacher living with her hovering parasite of a mother, experiences personal destruction and the conflation of sex and romantic pleasure with pain. Unhealthy obsessions wit ...more
There is almost no sign of beauty, goodness or hope ...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
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
THE PIANO TEACHER's passion leaves only red marks on your back and crevices in your soul.
Even the ending doesn't disappoint, which I was so sure, up until I ...more
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 personal use, like you would do with a motor vehicle or a cup or a comb? Even when that human being is our own child?
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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
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
Erika's small ...more
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
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
This book is certainly about power, violence, gendered space, and all those similar notions. Mostly, for me, it was about needing to feel something. It's also centered on womens' self-loathing, and how that affects the boundaries between what you want and what you think you want, in order to reach a most-human state ...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