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.
Two imprisoned women, each a queen of sorts, argue bitterly about how to interpret left-wing ideology. Their armed struggle against society is lost, but far from over. Decades later, one of the women is the last survivor of a three-strong neo- Nazi gang that left a trail of murders across the country. She stands in court, refusing to say a word in a trial of almost biblical proportions. In these two outstanding plays, Jelinek addresses the recent history of terrorism in Germany, each exploring different sets of circumstances and precursory omens.