Schon als Kind wird Erika daher von ihrer Mutter zur Klavierspielerin dressiert; eine Solokarriere scheitert und sie nimmt deshalb eine Professur am Konservatorium an. Jedes durchschnittliche Verhalten anderer wird als primitiv und schlecht abgestempelt, wodurch Erika ihre Abgeschlossenheit nicht erkennt. Aber auch das verschafft ihr keine Befriedigung. Ihr Ziel ist die Jesuitenwiese. Sie schleicht sich an ein Paar heran und beobachtet dabei den Geschlechtsakt. Auch bei einer Probe in der Turnhalle einer Volksschule ist er im Publikum.

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Dewey Decimal Erika herself does not wear it, but merely strokes it admiringly at night. Erika expresses this latent violence as well and need for control in many other scenes throughout the book. Erika takes large instruments on trains so that she can hit people with them and call it an accident, or kicks or steps on the feet of other passengers so that she can watch them blame someone else.

She is a voyeur who frequents peep shows , and on one occasion catches a couple having sex in a park, being so affected that she urinates.

Walter Klemmer, an engineering student, is introduced very early on. He comes early to class and watches Erika perform. Erika sees love as a means of rebellion or escape from her mother and thus seeks complete control in the relationship, always telling Klemmer carefully what he must do to her, although she is a sexual masochist. The tensions build within the relationship as Klemmer finds himself more and more uncomfortable by the control, and eventually Klemmer beats and rapes Erika in her own apartment, her mother in the next room.

When Erika visits Klemmer after the rape and finds him laughing and happy, she stabs herself in the shoulder and returns home.

Criticism[ edit ] Much of the criticism has been directed at the mother-daughter relationship; less attention has been paid to the aspect of music in the novel. According to Larson Powell and Brenda Bethman, musicality is a very important aspect of the book: they argue that Jelinek herself a former student of the Vienna Conservatory uses musicality to underscore the perversity of the main character, who participates in a musical tradition that trains women to play the piano in order to attract a husband.

The Antioch Review. Elfriede Jelinek. Women Writers in German-Speaking Countries. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Journal of Modern Literature. Monatshefte in English and German.


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