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Greed is a 2000 novel by Elfriede Jelinek. It was the first novel of hers to be translated into English after winning the Nobel Prize for Literature, and also the first book of hers to be translated into English in seven years. It received a luke-warm reception from both the public and the critics.

From the publisher:

Kurt Janisch is an ambitious but frustrated country policeman who gets talking to a lot of people in the line of duty, particularly lonely, middle-aged women with a bit of extra property. Things go from bad to worse for Kurt Janisch and the women who fall for him. Someone sees and knows too much, and soon there’s a body in a lake and a murderer to be caught.A thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, Greed is Elfriede Jelinek’s first major new novel to appear in English since The Piano Teacher. In it, Jelinek touches on the ecological costs of affluence, the inescapable burden of language, the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, and the impossibility of life without relationships.

Dutch quote:

"Dat komt ervan als je het hoofd van een wanhopige aan je borst drukt: ofwel huilt hij tot hij vreselijk op je zenuwen begint te werken, ofwel hapt hij meteen toe, vóór het nodig is, zodat hem later niets meer kan gebeuren. De tepels en de schaamlippen van verscheidene vrouwen weten er hun onharmonische liedjes over te zingen." (Elfriede Jelinek ‘Hebzucht’) via [1]

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