Schatten (Eurydike sagt)

(Shadows - Eurydice says)
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Eurydice tells her story: How she, dying after being bitten by the snake, enters the realm of the dead. Eurydice remembers: How she, when still alive and being an author herself, lived in the shadow of Orpheus, the pop star. Eurydice realizes: How she feels unexpectedly well, being a shadow without being a woman, changed from object of desire to non-subject, being able to relish in the subconscious and freed from all outside control. She doesn't miss her former body, only her beautiful clothes. But then there is growing unrest in the world above her, the newly achieved feeling of peace is being challenged: Orpheus descends to Eurydice, with great public sympathy, to bring her back to life - his life -, and Eurydice is shocked...
For thousands of years the mythos of Orpheus and Eurydice had been viewed from the perspective of Orpheus. In Schatten (Shadows) Elfriede Jelinek allows Eurydice to speak for the first time, and not by accident at the moment of falling silent.

Translations include:
Stiny (Eurydike ríká)
Danish: SKYGGE (Eurydike siger)
English: Shadow. Eurydice Says
French: Ombre (Eurydice parle)
Polish: CIENIE. Eurydyka mówi:
: Árnyék (Eurüdíké mondja)

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: 17.01.2013 Burgtheater (Akademietheater) Wien (Regie: Matthias Hartmann)