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The Capital

A Novel

by Robert Menasse

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The Capital by Robert Menasse
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    Jun 2019, 416 pages

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This whip-smart satire of the European Union, set in Brussels, serves as a timely critique of self-serving officials and bureaucratic absurdity.

Winner of the 2017 German Book Prize, Robert Menasse's The Capital is a remarkably clever satire on global bureaucracy, recently published for the first time in English with translation by historian Jamie Bulloch.

In a bid to strengthen its reputation in a climate of Euroscepticism, the E.U. plans to mark its 50th anniversary with a special celebration event. Fenia Xenapoulou, the ambitious Greek-Cypriot directorate of the Department of Culture, sees an opportunity to shine and volunteers to take up the reins on the Big Jubilee Project; a responsibility she is quick to offload onto her subordinate Martin Susman. Martin's resulting proposal places Auschwitz at the center of the celebrations in an attempt to highlight European commonality over the resurgence of nationalistic populism, and hopefully compel an increasingly divided Europe to unite.

Elsewhere, a mysterious Polish man ...

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