The Piano Teacher: A Novel

The Piano Teacher: A Novel - Elfriede Jelinek This novel from the 2004 Nobel Prize winner reminded me, in its first half, of the works of A.M. Homes and John Cheever. The second half of this work on sex, violence, power, maternity, and identity, was like nothing I’ve read. This novel could be “about” many things, but its approach in presenting a detached view of sex and power turns ultimately into the very physical combination of both of these things. There is more to be said about how identities fluxuate depending on who holds control, and how external standards maniupulate our desires as much as we are manipulated by our ideals. A very frightening novel that probably would never be published by a mainstream American press, or be written by an American author.