Synopses & Reviews
Kurt Janisch is an ambitious but frustrated country policeman who gets talking to a lot of people in the line of duty, particularly to women: lonely, middle-aged women with a bit of extra property. . . . Things go from bad to worse, for Kurt Janisch and the women who fall for him. Someone sees and knows too much, and soon there’s a body in a lake and a murderer to be caught.
A thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, Greed is Elfriede Jelinek’s most important novel since The Piano Teacher. In her inimitable way, Jelinek touches on the ecological costs of affluence, the inescapable burden of language, the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, the impossibility of life without relationships. A meditative reflection on aging, Greed is another chapter in Jelinek’s chronicling of her love-hate relationship with her native Austria.
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 Boll 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, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Greed is the story of Kurt Janisch, an ambitious but frustrated country policeman, and the lonely women he seduces. It is a thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, where the investigation of a dead girls body in a lake leads to the discovery of more than a single crime. In
her signature style, Jelinek chronicles the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, and the cruelties of everyday life.
A major new novel by the 2004 Nobel Laureate.
About the Author
The leading Austrian writer of her generation, ELFRIEDE JELINEK received the Heinrich Böll Prize for her contribution to German literature in 1986. The film by Michael Haneke of The Piano Teacher won the three main prizes at Cannes in 2001. In 2004, she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. She lives in Vienna. In awarding Jelinek the Nobel Prize, the Swedish Academy wrote that the "extraordinary linguistic zeal" of her writing reveals "the absurdity of societys clichés and their subjugating power."