Boek cover The Capital van Robert Menasse

The Capital

A Novel

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uitgever Ww Norton & Co
Taal Engels
Bindwijze Hardcover
Aantal paginas 416 pagina's
Illustraties Nee
Co-auteur Jamie Bulloch
Uitgever Ww Norton & Co
Extra groot lettertype Nee
Gewicht 680 g
Verpakking breedte 165 mm
Verpakking hoogte 244 mm
Verpakking lengte 244 mm


A highly inventive novel of ideas written in the rich European tradition, The Capital transports readers to the cobblestoned streets of twenty-first-century Brussels. Chosen as the European Union's symbolic capital in 1958, this elusive setting has never been examined so intricately in literature. Translated with zest, pace and wit (Spectator) by Jamie Bulloch, Robert Menasse's The Capital plays out the effects of a fiercely nationalistic union. Recalling the Balzacian conceit of assembling a vast parade of characters whose lives conspire to form a driving central plot, Menasse adapts this technique with modern sensibility to reveal the hastily assembled capital in all of its eccentricities. We meet, among others, Fenia Xenopoulou, a Greek Cypriot recently promoted to the Directorate-General for Culture. When 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-of course, to the horror of the other nation states. Meanwhile, Inspector Emile 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. These narratives and more are masterfully woven, revealing the absurdities-and real dangers-of a fracturing Europe. A tour de force from one of Austria's most esteemed novelists, The Capital is a mordantly funny and piercingly urgent saga of the European Union, and an aerial feat of sublime world literature.

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