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Les amantes by Elfriede Jelinek
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Nov 03, 07

bookshelves: experimental, feminist, rad
Recommended for: fans of gertrude stein
Read in August, 2007

brigitte also is repelled by heinz
brigitte is also repelled by heinz

brigitte also is repelled by heinz and his plump white electrician's body, which is also called heinz. despite that she is also happy again, so happy, dead happy, that she has him, because he is her future.

this book is like a cross between stein and acker but not quite as fascinating to read as either. the repetition gets absurd and the humor is black, very black, but the story is neither exciting nor particularly illuminating -- Jelinek switches between the stories of two different women, brigitte and paula, and their sorry destinies as working-class women in an Alpine village. worth reading for what she does with oversimplified language.
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