Elfriede Jelinek: Die Klavierspielerin [The Piano Player]

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  • Linda C. DeMeritt (Allegheny College )

Upon publication of her novel Die Klavierspielerin [The Piano Player, 1983, English translation 1988], Elfriede Jelinek became an overnight sensation and star of the literary feuilletons in Austria. Perhaps her best known work still today and certainly her most autobiographical one, the novel catapulted the 2004 Nobel Prize for Literature laureate into the limelight of controversy and notoriety in her home country, with the glare of that publicity helping to create an ever-widening circle of national and international critical attention. In 2001, the film version of the novel, directed by Michael Haneke and starring Isabelle Huppert, was shown at the Cannes Film Festival where it won three major …

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DeMeritt, Linda C.. "Die Klavierspielerin". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 October 2006
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