The Capital

Voorkant
MACLEHOSE PRESS, 20 feb. 2020 - 368 pagina's

THE PRIZE-WINNING SATIRICAL BESTSELLER - MORE THAN 500,000 COPIES SOLD WORLDWIDE

"I enjoyed The Capital so much . . . A major book" New York Times
"First-class satire" Guardian
"A deliciously vicious and timely satire" Financial Times
"Mischievous yet profound" Economist
"Thoroughly entertaining" Spectator
"[A] polyphonic EU satire" The Times

A "HOUSE OF CARDS" FOR THE EU

The Capital is a brilliantly entertaining satire, a crime story, a comedy of manners . . . and a wild pig chase. This is the tale of a continent, a city and its inhabitants as they navigate their way through the confusing tangle of 21st-century life.

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Brussels. A hive of tragic heroes, manipulative losers, involuntary accomplices. No wonder the European Commission is keen to improve its image.

The fiftieth anniversary of the European Commission approaches, and the Directorate-General for Culture is tasked with organising an appropriate celebration. When Fenia Xenopoulou's assistant comes up with a plan to put Auschwitz at the very centre of the jubilee, she is delighted. But she has neglected to take the other E.U. institutions into account.

Meanwhile the city is on the lookout for a runaway pig. And what about the farmers who take to the streets to protest against restrictions blocking the export of pigs to China?

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See what the critics are saying about The Capital:

"Omniscient" New York Times
"An exceptional work" Kirkus Reviews
"Deliciously witty" Metro
"Elegant . . . brilliantly constructed" Die Zeit
"Robert Menasse is pioneering the genre of Eurolit" Financial Times

WINNER OF THE GERMAN BOOK PRIZE

Translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch

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The Capital

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Menasse’s witty but humane satire, his English-language fiction debut (after Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits), follows a sprawling, multinational cast grappling with the ... Volledige review lezen

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This one came highly recommended for anyone interested in the seismic changes in British and European politics and public life during the twin challenges of Brexit and rising nationalism. I'd ... Volledige review lezen

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Over de auteur (2020)

Robert Menasse was born in Vienna in 1954 and studied there before moving to Brazil, where he lived for six years as a professor of literature at the University of S„o Paulo. He is the author of several novels translated into English, including Wings of Stone and Reverse Thrust, and of a work of non-fiction, Enraged Citizens, European Peace and Democratic Deficits: Or Why the Democracy Given to Us Must Become One We Fight for (2016). In 2017 he was awarded the German Book Prize for Die Hauptstadt (The Capital).

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