The Piano Teacher


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The Piano Teacher



The Piano Teacher

Author: Elfriede Jelinek


The Piano Teacher (German: Die Klavierspielerin) is a novel by Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, first published in 1983 by Rowohlt Verlag. Translated by Joachim Neugroschel, it was the first of Jelinek's novels to be translated into English.

The novel follows protagonist Erika Kohut, a sexually and emotionally repressed piano teacher, as she enters into a sadomasochistic relationship with her student, Walter Klemmer, the results of which are disastrous. Like much of Jelinek's work, the chronology of the events in the book are interwoven with images of the past and the internal thoughts of characters.

While the English work was titled The Piano Teacher, the title in German means the piano player; it is also clear that the player is female because of the noun's feminine ending.

In 2001, the novel was adapted into the film The Piano Teacher, directed by Michael Haneke.

Elfriede Jelinek (born 20 October 1946) 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."
Author(s) Elfriede Jelinek
Translator(s) Karlen Matinyan
Language(s) Armenian
Publisher(s) Antares
Year 2014
Pages 336
Binding hardcover
Printing Black & White
Size 15 x 21 cm
ISBN 9789939516110

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