This week’s book was a donor pick, and boy was it a weird one. Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian author sometimes compared to Thomas Bernhard, though Greed strikes us as more difficult (and more stand-offish) than Bernhard’s novels. Jelinek wrote this novel, her tenth, just before winning the Nobel Prize for literature, though the win wasn’t without its controversy; one member of the Nobel committee resigned in protest.
We try to decide whether the book is intentionally off-putting, or if perhaps there’s something strange about the translation. We also talk about whether the book is difficult in an interesting way, a frustrating way, or both.
Then we move on and delve into some fan fiction, because that’s kind of our thing. This week’s sampling includes a pairing that pretty much no one in the known universe, outside of the author, could have seen coming.
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