Elfriede Jelinek Biography
(Austrian Playwright, Novelist and 2004 Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)
Birthday: October 20, 1946 (Libra)
Born In: Mürzzuschlag, Austria
Elfriede Jelinek is a Nobel Prize winning Austrian novelist and playwright. She is also one of the most controversial figures of this era. Brought up in Vienna, she made her literary debut with a book of poems. But soon she got involved with student movement and her writing changed direction. Her next work ‘We Are Decoys Baby!’ bears testimony to this transformation. Indeed, all through her life she has used pen to protest against the absurdities of life. She began by targeting the capitalist market, which tends to commodify man. Later on she became more vocal about oppression of women under the patriarchal system and female sexuality as well as sexual abuse became prominent topics in her works. She tried to show that power and aggression are often the main driving forces in any relationship. As a result many critics have dismissed her works as semi pornographic; but many more have been able to discover the truth behind them. She has received numerous awards for her novels and plays, including the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature.