Friday, October 08, 2004

An excellent article in the New York Times today about Elfriede Jelinek, the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Jelinek is an Austrian novelist and playwright, a feminist, and a harsh critic of the right-wingers in Austria who have political power these days. I'm eager to read her work, particularly her novel Women as Lovers, and I've ordered it through inter-library loan. The Minuteman Library Network system, with nearly a hundred libraries, includes less than a handful of her novels. It's hard to imagine why exactly she was selected for the prize; the decision usually has its political aspects. However, she is the first woman to win since 1993.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

wislawa szymborska (from poland) won in 1996. her poetry is terrific.

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