Winter’s Journey

Elfriede Jelinek

Just like a musical stretto, Winter’s Journey summons - with formidable clarity and almost frightening density - all the themes that have occupied Elfriede Jelinek in the years and centuries gone by. In the process of addressing these, she has created one of her most personal and touching works ever.

A stranger in the world and to life itself, Elfriede Jelinek’s latest novel follows the trail of the traveller from Franz Schubert’s Winter’s Journey. It begins with the frenzy of the present day (bank crises, victims of abduction who, incarcerated, lose all track of time) and continues ever more explicitly to elements of Jelinek’s own biography: the complicated relationship with her mother, her father’s admission into a psychiatric hospital, and ultimately to her merciless but ironic self-reckoning with her role as an author who "always drones out the same old song".

"What Jelinek expertly presents are the blackest depths of our written and spoken language, the eloquent concealment, the dexterity for keeping the truth at arm’s length discursively and reflectively - yes, of eluding pain." Süddeutsche Zeitung

Elfriede Jelinek (1946)

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian playwright and novelist. She was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Literature. Born to a Catholic-Viennese mother and a Jewish-Czech father in Mürzzuschlag, Styria, Jelinek grew up in Vienna and lost many members of her family to the Holocaust. Jelinek studied music intensively from an early age. She graduated from the Vienna ... More.

Andrej Zmeček (1963)

Translator from German. More.

Damian Pastirčák