Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, screenplays and opera librettos. Her awards include the Georg Büchner Prize and the Franz Kafka Prize for Literature. In 2004 she was awarded with Nobel Prize for Literature.
THE SUPPLICANTS. RAGE. OURS
Refugees drowning in the Mediterranean, terrorist attacks by fundamentalists on newspaper offices, our fear of foreigners paired with a feeling of being estranged from ourselves.
These three major contemporary works, The Supplicants, Rage and Ours, make tangible the escalating madness of our times. They offer a powerfully expressive and clear-sighted probe of fundamental western values, including humanism, democracy, freedom of expression and human rights.
Here, Jelinek gives free rein to her feelings of incredulity and helplessness faced with a world of hardening political frontiers yet where nothing seems safe or secure.