Polish Culture Ministry Calls for Ban of Elfriede Jelinek’s Play

ddthe_36_2_coverPiotr Gliński, the new Polish culture minister, wants to ban a play by Nobel Prize-winner Elfriede Jelinek because of its pornographic opening scene. The play, Der Tod und das Mädchen (Princess Dramas: Death and the Maiden), is showing at the Poski Theater in Wrocław and is sold out. Despite Gliński’s call for a ban, the play opened on Saturday as planned. Read more about the controversy from the Guardian.

In 2006, Theater magazine published three of Jelinek’s plays in English, translations by Gitta Honegger, in addition to the article “Elfriede Jelinek: How to Get the Nobel Prize without Really Trying,” and an interview with the author. “We were one of the first and only journals to present her work in English even after she won the Nobel Prize. Her plays were hard to find,” said Theater editor Tom Sellar. “I’m very proud of the fact that we’ve been the place where you can find that work–and often you can find it before they win the Nobel Prize! In fact, the New York Times even cited our article about Elfriede Jelinek when they were writing about one of her plays when it premiered in New York.”

Read the plays in Theater magazine, made freely available:

Princess Plays: Snow White

Princess Plays: Sleeping Beauty

Princess Plays: Jackie

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