Deep passion, thwarted sexuality and love-hate for a mother dominate the life of Erika Kohut, a piano teacher at the Vienna Conservatory. Whilst her mother waits up for her, Erika Kohut trawls the porn shows of Vienna in search of tacky pleasure. Into this emotional pressure-cooker bounds Walter Klemmer, music student and ladies' man. As the relationship between teacher and pupil spirals downward, Jelinek paints a frightening picture of a woman consumed by the ecstacy of self-destruction. A best-seller in German - with sales of 100,000 copies -The Piano Teacher has been translated into French and Dutch and is currently being filmed.
Elfriede Jelinek was born in Austria in 1946 and grew up in Vienna where she attended the famous Music Conservatory. The leading Austrian writer of her generation, she has been awarded the Heinrich Bll Prize for her contribution to German literature. The film of The Piano Teacher by Michael Haneke won the three main prizes at Cannes in 2001. In 2004, Elfriede Jelinek was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
A dazzling performance that will make the blood run cold
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