September meetup: The Piano Teacher

Note: RSVPs for this meetup open at 7pm on Monday, August 18.

Our September selection is The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek. There are multiple books with this title, so be sure that you have the correct one!  This was first published in 1983 in German and translated into English by Joachim Neugroschel. It's 288 pages.

Here is the GoodReads blurb:

"The Piano Teacher, the most famous novel of Elfriede Jelinek, who was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature, is a shocking, searing, aching portrait of a woman bound between a repressive society and her darkest desires.
Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. Her life appears to be a seamless tissue of boredom, but Erika, a quiet thirty-eight-year-old, secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night to watch live sex shows and sadomasochistic films. Meanwhile, a handsome, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old student has become enamored with Erika and sets out to seduce her. She resists him at first, but then the dark passions roiling under the piano teacher's subdued exterior explode in a release of sexual perversity, suppressed violence, and human degradation.

Celebrated throughout Europe for the intensity and frankness of her writings and awarded the Heinrich Böll Prize for her outstanding contribution to German letters, Elfriede Jelinek is one of the most original and controversial writers in the world today. The Piano Teacherwas made into a film, released in the United States in 2001, was awarded the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes."

Join or login to comment.

  • carolyn M.

    Good discussion as always.

    September 21

  • Aldo S.

    Running lste

    September 21

  • Isabelle

    My sincere apologies for backing out this late - as hard as I have tried, I will not finished the book by tomorrow afternoon. See you next time!

    September 20

  • A former member
    A former member

    Why do I continue to get messages when I have RSVP'd "NO"!

    September 20

    • Craig

      D'Nell: The messages are coming from the Meetup system. You need to change the email preferences on your account.

      September 20

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Craig. I have changed them several times, but, something isn't right. ?????

      September 20

  • Faith R.

    I have to bow out. I just started a new job on Capitol Hill and am wiped out. Going back to work is tough!!! Anyway I left reading to this week and can't seem to get to it. Hope everybody enjoys. Hopefully see you all next month

    September 18

  • Sherron B.

    Went back and see I did read the wrong one. Don't now have time to read the right one. So will give up my space to someone who can follow instructions better than me!

    September 16

  • Sherron B.

    That's the same book I read. Is that not the right one?

    September 16

  • Elizabeth Boe Aarestad L.

    My apologies, but I must regret and give up my spot to another lucky reader. I have to attend a memorial service on Sunday at 2pm, so I will look forward to next month. I initially read the wrong book- did anyone else do that? I reread The Piano Teacher, by Janice Y. K. Lee first ! :)

    September 16

  • Stephanie B.

    Looks like I won't be able to make it next week either :-(

    September 14

  • Roger C.

    Can't make this next meeting. Bummer.
    But, on the bright side, my senior mixed doubles tennis team will be at a Sectional tournament in Norfolk.

    September 10

People in this
Meetup are also in:

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Rafaël

We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

Rafaël, started French Conversation Group

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy