Category Archives: Elfreide Jelinek

Another Ironic Title: ‘Wonderful Wonderful Times’ by Elfriede Jelinek

The English-language title of Jelinek’s 1980 novel comes from the reminiscences of one of its characters, Herr Witkowski, a former SS officer in post-War Vienna.  Unlike his ex-colleagues, who are thriving in late 1950s Austria, he is a powerless cripple, … Continue reading

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The Best of 2016!

2016 was a rough year in so many ways, but at least I was able to comfort myself with some outstanding books.  The best of these of course, were reviewed on the blog and, after careful deliberation, I think I … Continue reading

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Dark and Disturbing: ‘The Piano Teacher’ by Elfriede Jelinek (1983)

It’s very hard to know where to start with reviewing Jelinek’s ‘The Piano Teacher’; it’s one of those short books that contains such explosive force that once the book has been opened and read it seems impossible to pack the subsequent barrage of … Continue reading

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