Best book of 1983: The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek | Sophie Mackintosh

Best book of 1983: The Piano Teacher by Elfriede Jelinek

Sophie Mackintosh

‘After 2016 I’m done with sentimentality, and it’s hard to think of a less sentimental book than The Piano Teacher, objectively a masterpiece, subjectively a book that changed my life.’

Sophie Mackintosh

Sophie Mackintosh's debut novel, The Water Cure, was published by Hamish Hamilton in 2018; it was longlisted for the Man Booker prize and won a Betty Trask award. Her fiction, essays and poetry have been published by the White Review, the New York Times and the Stinging Fly, among others. Her next novel, Blue Ticket, will be published in 2020.

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