Lecture: A Rare Conversation with Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek

Elfriede Jelinek

Monday, April 4th, 7:00 PM
At the Forchheimer Auditorium, Center for Jewish History

YIVO Institute for Jewish Research and Leo Baeck Institute will present a lecture by scholar Gitta Honegger on the 2004 Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek’s recent, internationally acclaimed play Rechnitz.  The evening will feature a rare and exclusive video conversation with the 2004 Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinek. (Jelinek cannot make public appearances, making this a unique opportunity to see and hear her.)

Rechnitz recounts the murder of 200 Hungarian Jews in the Austrian town of Rechnitz on the eve of the Russian army’s arrival in 1945.

Elfriede Jelinek is an Austrian novelist and playwright who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2004. Her books in English translation are The Piano Teacher, Wonderful, Wonderful Times, Lust, Women as Lovers, and Greed. Born in 1946, she represents the first post-World War II generation of Austrian writers struggling to come to terms with their country’s involvement in the Holocaust. The examination of Austria’s ambivalence in dealing with its past has been a driving force in her countless plays and novels. Her innovative linguistic strategies and uncompromising critical vision have earned Jelinek
numerous prestigious awards.

Professor Gitta Honegger (Arizona State University) is a Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellow. She has translated plays by Elfriede Jelinek, Thomas Bernhard, Peter Handke and Elias Canetti, among others and is the author of the award winning cultural biography Thomas Bernhard: The Making of an Austrian. She is a childhood friend of Elfriede Jelinek.

Admission: $15 general, $10 YIVO and LBI members

Tickets:  Box Office: 212.868.4444 | www.smarttix.comVenue:

Center for Jewish History
15 West 16th Street
New York, NY 10011

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