Lust

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Serpent's Tail, 1992 - Fiction - 207 pages
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In a quaint Austrian ski resort, things are not quite what they seem. Hermann, the manager of a paper mill, has decided that sexual gratification begins at home. Which means Gerti - his wife and property. Gerti is not asked how she feels about the use Hermann puts her to. She is a receptacle into which Hermann pours his juices, nastily, briefly, brutally. The long-suffering and battered Gerti thinks she has found her saviour and love in Michael, a student who rescues her after a day of vigorous use by her husband. But Michael is on his way up the Austrian political ladder, and he is, after all, a man.
In Elfriede Jelinek's mitteleuropa, love is as distant from sex as the Alps are from the sea, and the everyday mechanics of husband, wife, and child become a loveless horror. Both a condemnation of the myth of romantic love and an angry defence of women's sexuality, Lust is pornography for pessimists.
A bestseller throughout Europe, Lust confirms Elfriede Jelinek as the most challenging writer - female or male - in Europe today. It is a dark, dazzling performance.

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User Review  - Rob Bliss - Goodreads

A line in this: "My thanks for listening to these insults." Jeanette Winterson may write with her head in the clouds, but Jelinek writes from the perspective of mud and blood and piss and shit. Not ... Read full review

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User Review  - Shanmugam - Goodreads

Nobody does it better than Elfriede Jelinek, when it comes to writing about the filthy side of human beings, not just any dark side, real filthy side! A husband sexually abuses his housewife ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
7
Section 2
25
Section 3
45
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About the author (1992)

Works by Elfriede Jelinek include The Piano Teacher (2002), Women as Lovers (1995), Lust (1993), and Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1990), all translated by P.J. Blumenthal and published by Serpent's Tail Press. She has received over twenty literary prizes and awards in addition to winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004.

Hulse is an award-winning poet.

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