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ISBN: 9780802144614
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Published: Grove Press - October 1st, 2009

If you're trying to persuade your partner to take an irreversible vow of chastity, this book would make a great gift. If you're trying to persuade your teenage kids to take piano lessons, it might be equally effective; I don't know your kids. In addition to its cutting irony, parody of pornological discourse, absurdist play with cultural cliches and rage against gender inequality, Jelinek's experimental use of voices and her musical ear (rendered well in this translation) justify the Nobel Prize she received amid controversy in 2004.