Maidens, Vienna and Elegy. About Elfriede Jelinek's writing
Original title: Piker, Wien og Klagesang. Om Elfriede Jelineks forfatterskap
Publisher: Gyldendal Norsk Forlag, 2010
Pages: 241 pages
When the Austrian writer Elfriede Jelinek won the Nobel Prize in Literature, the world was baffled. Jelinek who? Why her? Elisabeth Beanca Halvorsen had then just finished her master thesis The Phenomenon Elfriede Jelinek and soon after became the translator of Jelinek’s novels and plays into Norwegian. In Maidens, Vienna and Elegy Halvorsen draws up the big lines in the Austrian writer’s work and presents us with a highly unconventional depiction of Jelinek’s background, and how she works with language. The book’s skeleton is the play The Death and the Maidens, where Jelinek’s fictional characters meet face-to-face with other Nobel Prize winning authors, such as Sigrid Undset, Selma Lagerlöf and Doris Lessing.