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The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

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Erika Kohut is a piano teacher at the prestigious and formal Vienna Conservatory, who still lives with her domineering and possessive mother. Her life appears boring, but Erika, a quiet thirty-eight-year-old, secretly visits Turkish peep shows at night and watched sadomasochistic films. Meanwhile, a handsome, self-absorbed, seventeen-year-old student has become enamored with Erika and sets out to seduce her. She resists him at first - but then the dark passions roiling under the piano teacher's subdued exterior explode in a release of perversity, violence, and degradation.

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