The Capital

Robert Menasse (Author) Jamie Bulloch (Translator)


One of Vanity Fair's Best Books of the Year, So Far
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice Selection

Winner of the German Book Prize, The Capital is an "omniscient, almost Balzac-ian" (Steven Erlanger, New York Times) panorama of splintered Europe.

Product Details

$27.95  $25.71
Liveright Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
June 18, 2019
6.4 X 1.6 X 9.3 inches | 1.5 pounds

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About the Author

Robert Menasse is an Austrian writer and essayist. His work has received various awards, including the European Book Prize and the prestigious German Book Prize.
Jamie Bulloch is a historian and translator of German literature. He won the Schlegel-Tieck Prize for his translation of The Mussel Feast.


A thoroughly entertaining fiction that serves both as a sort of campus satire and a novel of ideas.... With its zest, pace and wit, Jamie Bulloch's translation serves him [Menasse] splendidly.--Boyd Tonkin, The Spectator
A first-class read.
Mischievous yet profound.
Pioneering the genre of Eurolit.
Utterly unique.... In constantly blending styles and genres, Menasse captures the wonderful diversity of cultures that the EU has brought together. Winner of the German Book Prize, this is part celebration of the EU and part farce, a strange, timely novel emphasizing the benefits of international institutions at precisely a moment when they are increasingly under stress.--Alexander Moran, Booklist
The first great EU novel.
Deliciously witty.
Witty but humane.... The massive cast never becomes unwieldy tanks to Menasse's delightful prose. This epic, droll account of contemporary Europe will be catnip for fans of mosaic novels and comical political machinations.--Publishers Weekly [starred review]
[A] stinging office satire... A Joseph Heller-like funhouse of bureaucratic cul-de-sacs, interdepartmental squabbling, nonsensical regulations and embarrassing acronyms... Jamie Bulloch provides the excellent translation.--Sam Sachs
A brutally funny and exhaustive tableau of both a continent in transition and the organization straining to hold it together.... Menasse writes with a wry, self-deprecating touch. He turns what might have been a dry lecture into a teeming epic that brings to multi-textured life a continent undergoing an identity crisis.--Andrew R. Chow