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Elfriede Jelinek (2004)

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian writer. She became a well-known and extremely controversial figure in her homeland with the publication of three novels, Die Liebhaberinnen, Die Ausgesperrten, and the semi-autobiographical Klavierspielerin. A fiercely feminist writer and an outspoken partisan of left-wing political views, she has often focused on issues of power and privilege, mainly the social subordination and violent sexual subjugation of women, and on Austria's Nazi past and nationalist present. She has been particularly praised for her powerful yet sensitive use of multilayered language.

Fun Fact: Elfriede Jelinek is a trained musician who also studied art history and theater.

Source: Columbia Encyclopedia.

Next: Doris Lessing (2007)


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