Elfriede Jelinek

1946 - Today

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Elfriede Jelinek (German: [ɛlˈfʁiːdə ˈjɛlinɛk]; born 20 October 1946) is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She is one of the most decorated authors to write in German and was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature 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". Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Elfriede Jelinek has received more than 695,105 page views. Her biography is available in 103 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 99 in 2019). Elfriede Jelinek is the 301st most popular writer (up from 326th in 2019), the 73rd most popular biography from Austria (up from 89th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Austrian Writer.

Elfriede Jelinek is most famous for her novel "The Piano Teacher" which is about a woman who is a piano teacher and who has a sexual obsession with her students.

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Notable Works

In post-World War II Austria, Gerti, a woman on the verge of a breakdown due to her husband's relentless sexual attentions, wanders away from home one day and is rescued by an ambitious young man who turns out to be much like her husband.
The piano teacher
Die Klavierspielerin
Die Liebhaberinnen
Fiction, History, Fiction, general
Die Liebhaberinnen
German fiction
The piano teacher
Fiction, Fiction, erotica, general, Fiction, general
Fiction, Man-woman relationships, Police
Die Klavierspielerin


Among writers, Elfriede Jelinek ranks 301 out of 7,302Before her are Sayyid Qutb, Anne Brontë, Jon Fosse, Heinrich von Kleist, Claude Simon, and Lucan. After her are Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Carlos Castaneda, Pierre Beaumarchais, Chrétien de Troyes, Gabriele D'Annunzio, and Appian.

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Among people born in 1946, Elfriede Jelinek ranks 27Before her are Rivellino, Diane Keaton, David Lynch, Dianne Wiest, Gianni Versace, and David Gilmour. After her are Hassanal Bolkiah, Susan Sarandon, Guus Hiddink, Tommy Lee Jones, Syd Barrett, and Fabio Capello.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Elfriede Jelinek ranks 73 out of 1,424Before her are Josef Bican (1913), Kurt Waldheim (1918), Archduke Karl Ludwig of Austria (1833), Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888), Alban Berg (1885), and Carl Czerny (1791). After her are Maria Carolina of Austria (1752), Alma Mahler (1879), Archduchess Sophie of Austria (1855), Otto Wagner (1841), Maria Anna Mozart (1751), and Peter Drucker (1909).

Among WRITERS In Austria

Among writers born in Austria, Elfriede Jelinek ranks 6Before her are Stefan Zweig (1881), Robert Musil (1880), Paula Hitler (1896), Peter Handke (1942), and Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888). After her are Peter Drucker (1909), Arthur Schnitzler (1862), Maria Leopoldina of Austria (1797), Gustav Meyrink (1868), Georg Trakl (1887), and Hermann Broch (1886).