Greed is the story of Kurt Janisch, an ambitious but frustrated country policeman, and the lonely women he seduces. It is a thriller set amid the mountains and small towns of southern Austria, where the investigation of a dead girl’s body in a lake leads to the discovery of more than a single crime. In her signature style, Jelinek chronicles the exploitative nature of relations between men and women, and the cruelties of everyday life.
About the Author
Elfriede Jelinek was born in Vienna in the aftermath of World War II and became a leading, if controversial, member of Austria s first generation of post-war artists.
Martin Chalmers (1948 2014) was a Berlin-based translator from Glasgow. He translated some of the best-known German-language writers, including Herta Muller, Elfriede Jelinek, and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.