Elfriede Jelinek: Lust [Lust] (1782 words)

Linda C. DeMeritt (Allegheny College)
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In an interview from 1988, Elfriede Jelinek stated: “The project I am currently working on is an attempt to find an aesthetic method to express the obscene, to express pornography” (Interview with Elfriede Jelinek by Gabriele Presber, Die Kunst ist weiblich, Munich: Droemer Knaur, 1988, p. 108). These words became the descriptor for her next novel, with critics and readers alike anxiously awaiting publication of a work hyped in the press as a pornographic novel told from a woman’s perspective. Upon publication of the novel titled Lust [Lust] in 1989, these expectations vaulted the text to the top of the German best-seller list, where it remained for weeks. …

Citation: DeMeritt, Linda C.. "Lust". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 October 2006 [https://staging.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=19700, accessed 07 August 2022.]

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