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Author: Robert Menasse; Jamie Bulloch
Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a Division of W.W. Norton & Company, 2019.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : First American editionView all editions and formats
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Set on capturing the elusive inner workings of the European Union, Robert Menasse, one of Austria's most creative thinkers, moved to the EU's headquarters in Brussels for an enthralling, wine-soaked tour of supranational institutions. The resulting novel has become an international sensation, translated from German into more than twenty languages and deemed "the first great EU novel" (Politico). At the heart of a
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Novels
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Menasse; Jamie Bulloch
ISBN: 9781631495717 1631495712
OCLC Number: 1053999310
Description: 417 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Hauptstadt.
Responsibility: Robert Menasse ; translated from the German by Jamie Bulloch.

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Set on capturing the elusive inner workings of the European Union, Robert Menasse, one of Austria's most creative thinkers, moved to the EU's headquarters in Brussels for an enthralling, wine-soaked tour of supranational institutions. The resulting novel has become an international sensation, translated from German into more than twenty languages and deemed "the first great EU novel" (Politico). At the heart of a cast as diverse as the union itself is Fenia Xenapoulou, a Greek Cypriot recently "promoted" to the Department of Culture, who hopes to revamp the European Commission's image by proclaiming Auschwitz as its birthplace with the "Big Jubilee Project." Other tragic heroes, clever schemers, and involuntary accomplices are intricately woven, revealing the absurdities--and real dangers--of a fiercely nationalistic "union." Mordantly funny and piercingly urgent, The Capital, the winner of Germany's highest fiction prize, is an "elegantly written, beautifully constructed" (Die Zeit) feat of world literature.

Fenia Xenopoulou, a Greek Cypriot recently 'promoted' to the Directorate-General for Culture, is tasked with revamping the boring image of the European Commission with the Big Jubilee Project. She endorses her Austrian assistant Martin Sussman's idea to proclaim Auschwitz as its birthplace-- to the horror of the other nation states. Meanwhile, Inspector Émile Brunfaut attempts to solve a gritty murder being suppressed at the highest level; Matek, a Polish hitman who regrets having never become a priest, scrambles after taking out the wrong man; and outraged pig farmers protest trade restrictions as a brave escapee squeals through the streets. -- adapted from jacket

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