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Lust (1989) [Novel]
by Elfriede Jelinek Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

In a quaint Austrian ski resort, things are not quite what they seem. Hermann, the manager of a paper mill, has decided that sexual gratification begins at home. Which means Gerti - his wife and property. Gerti is not asked how she feels about the use Hermann puts her to. She is a receptacle into which Hermann pours his juices, nastily, briefly, brutally. The long-suffering and battered Gerti thinks she has found her savior and love in Michael, a student who rescues her after a day of vigorous use by her husband. But Michael is on his way up the Austrian political ladder, and he is after all, a man.

In Elfriede Jelinek's mitteleuropa, love is as distant from sex as the Alps are from the sea, and the everyday mechanics of husband, wife, and child become a loveless horror. Both a condemnation of the myth of romantic love and an angry defence of women's sexuality, Lust is pornography for pessimists.

Original title: Lust
Original languages: German


Genre: FictionAdult/Mature Content
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics


  • The original title has a somewhat broader range of meaning than it does in English. "Lust" in German refers to not only sexual desire ("Begierde") but also "delight", "interest" or "pleasure".

Edition #1: Lust

Lust (1992)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: Michael Hulse
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Manifested in:

Lust (1993)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: London & New York
Publisher: Serpent's Tail
ISBN: 1852421835
Dimensions: x x
Pages: 207

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