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The Street. The City. The Attack. Photo by Julian Röder
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Theatertreffen Blog 2013
The Austrian author Elfride Jelinek, notorious for her post-modern prose and reclusive refusal to go out in public (including to receive the 2004 Nobel Prize for literature), has written 10 pieces that have been invited to the Theatertreffen. This not only makes her one of the most popular contemporary authors but also one of the most-honored female author.
Her most recent piece The Street. The City. The Attack addresses Maximilian Street, Munich's fashion avenue. The recluse would only speak to us through email.
Both of your contributions to this year's Theatertreffen, Prolog? and The Street. The City. The Attack. are commissioned works. How does one get around the dangers of these kinds of assignments?
In the end, by always doing what one wants to do. Or is it wanting what one does?
You've confessed to being a fashion lover. Is it even possible to take a critical perspective on the circus of the fashion world? If so, how does one deal with the danger of the superficial as a critical-analytical woman?
I'm not critical of fashion as such, it's just an aesthetic phenomenon that interests me. Fashion isn't any more superficial than some of its criticism. Besides that, I'm most interested by superficial phenomena when it comes to writing. I feel like a surfaces expert.
Where and in what do you feel most comfortable at the moment?
I only wear baggy pants and flat shoes. I'm most comfortable in my house and garden in Vienna.
How is writing for the theater different than writing a novel? How does the exchange between you and the director work?
I always write texts, just texts. Some are narrative, others are designed to be spoken. Some are designated for individual reception, others for collective. That is the only way in which they differ. I always hoped that the theater texts would be received in the same way as my prose. Unfortunately I didn't succeed. Since I'm done with the text after I've written it, the director and his people have to make the piece out of it first. I deliver a text to them and then I get a real theater piece in return, not just a presentation of the text.
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