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ELFRIEDE JELINEK is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2004 as well as the Georg Büchner Prize in 1998; the Mülheim Dramatists Prize in 2002 and 2004; and the Franz Kafka Prize in 2004. Jelinek's work is multi - faceted and highly controversial. Her plays often emphasise choreography. Some consider her plays taciturn, others lavish, and others still a new form of theatre altogether. Jelinek's novel, Die Klavierspielerin was filmed as The Piano Teacher by Austrian director Michael Haneke, with French actress Isabelle Huppert as the protagonist. 

Sports Play
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Sports Play

Elfriede Jelinek (Translated by Penny Black)

If the sporting Olympics, coming to London in 2012, are all about showcasing a diversity of disciplines, actively reaching out to the general public, and providing a stage to promote international cultural understanding, then the work of Elfriede Jelinek, Austria's foremost contemporary writer and Nobel laureate, could be read as a model cultural Olympics all of its own.

First produced in Austria in 1998 at the famous Vienna Burgtheater, the remarkable and provocative Sports Play is a post dramatic theatrical exploration of the making, marketing and sale of the human body and of emotions in sport. It explores contemporary society’s obsession with fitness and body culture bringing into sharp focus our need to belong to a group, a team or a nation.


Cast : 4M, 3F + chorus
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-402-7 | PB