Nobel Prizes and Laureates

The Nobel Prize in Literature 2004
Elfriede Jelinek

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Elfriede Jelinek - Facts

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Born: 20 October 1946, Mürzzuschlag, Austria

Residence at the time of the award: Austria

Prize motivation: "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"

Field: drama, prose

Language: German

Prize share: 1/1

Revealed the Absurdity of Society's Clichés

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist. Her mother wanted her to be a musician, so she started to study music at the conservatory. She began writing poetry while still young, and made her debut with 'Lisas Schatten' ('Lisa's Shadow') in 1967. Through contact with the student movement, she became politically engaged and her writing became feminist and deeply critical of society. Her texts are perceived to be obscene, irritating and full of biting derision and have succeeded in provoking strong reactions. Elfriede Jelinek suffers from socialphobia and did not go to Stockholm to collect her Nobel Prize.

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