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Thursday, October 07, 2004


Will any one in the English-speaking world dare pretend that they'd heard of Elfriede Jelinek 5 minutes before now. MacLamity's now on the look-out for the most preposterous claims to be familiar with her (for all I know, excellent) work and the reporters who manage to locate the Austrian literature professors the quickest.

The Nobel citation is classic: she apparently is all about a "musical flow of voices and counter-voices in novels and plays that with extraordinary linguistic zeal reveal the absurdity of society's cliches and their subjugating power."

The shorter and more lucid the Nobel citation, the better the writer, is a fair rule of thumb.