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Thursday, October 07, 2004

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The BBC struggles to say something that Reuters and the AP hasn't said about Jelinek: "One of the most famous women writing in German she was most controversially quoted in 1980 as saying "Austria is a criminal nation", referring to her country's participation in the crimes of the Third Reich." Good start! Now what? "Her 1990 novel Wonderful, Wonderful Times addressed that subject." And what did the front cover of the book say?

The BBC also rocked Google:
An online travel guide, aboutAustria.org, describes Jelinek as a "proverbial Beelzebub abused for her critical views, especially in Austria".