Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek
Elfriede Jelinek
  • Born: October 20, 1946
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Playwright









Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 for her "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that, with extraordinary linguistic zeal, reveal the absurdity of society's clichés and their subjugating power."

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As is said about most writers: on the one hand all I ever did from when I was a child was read, and I was a loner, which was furthered by my parents and my upbringing.
Eroding solidarity paradoxically makes a society more susceptible to the construction of substitute collectives and fascisms of all kinds. Society
I cannot stand public attention, I just can't. Of course, if I may I might write something instead.
I do not fight against men, but against the system that is sexist.
I do not want to have the feeling of writing 'for eternity', so to speak.
I have the feeling it will influence my future writing to the extent that without any material worries I could develop a greater ease, even lightheartedness, in my writing. Future
I think isolation is one of the greatest problems, an ever-growing obstacle to political solidarity.
I would gladly do it but I am suffering from social phobia. I cannot manage being in a crowd of people.
It could draw from a greater reservoir of freedom. The irony could develop an even greater ease. Freedom & Liberty
Literature that keeps employing new linguistic and formal modes of expression to draft a panorama of society as a whole while at the same time exposing it, tearing the masks from its face - for me that would be deserving of an award. Society ;Time
My plays are made up of long monologues, which is similar to prose working with the language.
My training in music and composition then led me to a kind of musical language process in which, for example, the sound of the words I play with has to expose their true meaning against their will so to speak. Music, Chants & Rapps
The government has once again made the right socially acceptable. Government
The problem is that it is difficult to translate.