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Elfriede Jelinek - Biography, Work and politics, The Nobel Prize, Bibliography

Writer, born in Mürzzuschlag, EC Austria. A feminist novelist, her books focus on the subordinate role of women in society and their economic and social dependence on men. In her earlier work, such as Michael. Ein Jugendbuch für die Infantilgesellschaft (1972), she used satire to expose the gap between media-inspired ‘reality’ and ordinary life. She also writes poetry and plays for radio and stage. Her farce Burgtheater (1984) caused a scandal, and in 1996 a ban was imposed on her work being performed. In 1998 she was awarded the Georg-Büchner-Preis, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004.

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