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Lust Paperback – March 15, 1992
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Publisher : Serpent's Tail (March 15, 1992)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 208 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1852421835
- ISBN-13 : 978-1852421830
- Item Weight : 6.3 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.1 x 0.5 x 7.8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #765,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then I came to this volume, "Lust." Much as I enjoyed Jelinek's other works, I found this to be one of the most worthless volumes I have ever encountered. Formally speaking, it is interesting enough: no quotations or direct speech; no view to the interior of any of the characters, only a reportage of their external actions. (Jelinek has experimented with this technique in previous novels.)
As for the content of this book...there are only a few characters: The Boss, most commonly referred to as The Man, who is a supervisor at the local factory; his wife (Gerti), most commonly referred to merely as She; their self-absorbed young son, who takes after The Man. Literally about half of the narrative consists of graphic descriptions of The Man sexually abusing The Woman, making use (against her will) of every available orifice. (Occasionally Jelinek's narrator turns to the [presumably male] readers of the book and says: "don't pretend that this sexual violence doesn't turn you on...")
Other than violent sexual content, this work consists primarily of a Marxist diatribe in the form of an allegory. "Yeah, yeah, I get it," I kept saying to myself as I read the book. "The Man is men, the Woman is subjected women, the townspeople are the exploited masses..."
So what? There's no new insight here, no psychological exploration or brilliant commentary, only an overused allegory so ossified as to be meaningless.
Read The Piano Teacher and Wonderful Wonderful Times, they're worthwhile. Skip this emetic and worthless volume.
Remember also that Mark Twain, Chekhov, Oscar Wild, Leo Tolstoy were all superseded by utterly forgotten *others* by the fickle Nobel.
It should then come as no surprise that Lust is trash. Garbage. Its terribly written. Admittedly, I dont speak German, so am unable to definitely judge who is at fault here - the author or the translator. I suspect its largely the author. Example: "edifying edifices" is a sentence in Lust. Thats it. Thats the sentence. Its like some sophomoric butchery. Reminds me of the papers I wrote when asked to imitate Joyce's "stream of consciences", in 12th grade......
The emperor most definitely has no clothes here. Its painful to read due both to the writing itself and the half-formulated ideas expressed therein. When you tell me about a book by a post-WWII German, i think Boll, Grass. This latest name, Jelinek, does not belong. I just hope she will vanish in the not-too distant future, by way of the authors who received this prize instead of Tolstoy, Twain and Chekhov. Who were they, again?
Critics of Lust criticize its nauseating repetition. True to some extent. But the repetition has a forced of its own, and with a great deal of patience and discipline, the repetition bears beautiful fruits. The dance of oppression, erotica, and abuse like a literary machine can't be swallowed with ease. Mastication is difficult. Elfriede Jelinek ought to be applauded for her intense focus and extraordinary manhandling of the difficult subject of Lust.
Some favorite excerpts from the book (brilliant prose):
"If you ask me, postcards treat landscape more sparingly than time treats women." -p.134
"Her thighs under the panty-hose are sticky with the Direktor's daily slime. He likes to show that he could duplicate himself if he wanted, even if there's not much ink in his machine any more." -p. 135
"And there they go, leafing through the catalogues of exotic women, high performance models that are more economical to run and need less fuel." -p.93
"Many have to take terrible buses and regret it terribly where they remain on the wrong genitals for too long."-p.89