|Lust (1989) [Novel]|
by Elfriede Jelinek
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(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
Genre: Fiction→ Adult/Mature Content
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary 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".