[Winter Journey]
Varying cast

A stranger to the world and to her own life, Elfriede Jelinek follows the footsteps of the wanderer in Franz Schubert’s Winterreise(Winter Journey). The trail begins in the madness of the immediate present (banking scandals and victims of abductions who drop, still prisoners, out of time), and leads, ever getting clearer, to stations in Jelinek’s own biography: the complicated relationship with her mother; her father being committed to a psychiatric facility; and eventually, Jelinek’s unsparing and ironic self-reckoning with her role as an author, “always grinding the same old song”.

Resembling a musical stretto, Winter Journey evokes – with impressive clarity and almost uncanny density – all the themes that have kept Elfriede Jelinek busy for all these years and decades. The result is one of her most personal and most touching pieces of work ever.

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Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek, who was born in 1946 and grew up in Vienna, now lives in Vienna and Munich. She has received numerous awards for her literary works, which include not only novels but also plays, poetry, essays, translations, radio plays, ...

Plays by Elfriede Jelinek

U: 04.02.2011 Münchner Kammerspiele (Regie: Johan Simons)