Greed by Elfriede Jelinek
A Novel

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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 girl’s 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.
 

About Elfriede Jelinek

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Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 as well as the Georg Buchner Prize in 1998; the Mulheim Dramatists Prize in 2002 and 2004; the Franz Kafka Prize in 2004. Jelinek's work is multi-faceted and highly controversial. Her plays often emphasize choreography. Some consider her plays taciturn, others lavish, and others still a new form of theatre altogether. Jelinek's novel, Die Klavierspielerin was filmed as The Piano Teacher by Austrian director Michael Haneke, with French actress Isabelle Huppert as the protagonist.
 
Published April 1, 2007 by 7 Stories Press. 339 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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The setting of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel could be a parody of Austria’s image.

Apr 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Greed: A Novel

The New York Times

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The setting of Elfriede Jelinek’s novel could be a parody of Austria’s image.

Apr 15 2007 | Read Full Review of Greed: A Novel

The Guardian

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The Nobel winner's latest is in essence a murder mystery, focusing on Gabi, a 16-year-old dredged up from a polluted Austrian lake, and Kurt Janisch, a 'country policeman' with a voracious appetite for abusive sex with middle-aged women (the narrator included).

Nov 08 2008 | Read Full Review of Greed: A Novel

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Sex is furtive, violent, base - "you give each other a good licking" - and love merely a common foible which, for women at least, always involves a dangerous loss of selfhood.

Oct 27 2006 | Read Full Review of Greed: A Novel

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Summary: Greed is a kind of crime novel in that a number of crimes are committed, but it is really a book about the nature of men and women, written in difficult-to-follow, rambling prose.

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