Das Lebewohl (Les Adieux)

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Using the template of Beethoven’s Les Adieux and zigzagged with quotations from The Oresteia and the interview in which Jörg Haider announced his departure from national politics and subsequent return to Kärnten, Jelinek unmasks “the rhetorical strategies with which irrational politics today try to seek legitimacy.” (Süddeutsche Zeitung) Das Lebewohl is an avowal and an apologia at the same time, tearful farewell speech and triumphant hymn, simultaneous prophecy and agitation, “an artful and complex debunking of political demons.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

The play has been translated into:
Dutch: Het Vaarwel; Italian: L’Addio; Japanese; Slovenian; Swedish: Avskedet; French: Les Adieux

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: 9.12.2000 Berliner Ensemble (R: Ulrike Ottinger)