The Capital


A highly inventive novel of ideas written in the rich European tradition, The Capital―epic in scope, but so particular in details―transports readers to the cobblestoned streets of twenty-first-century Brussels. Chosen as the European Union’s symbolic capital in 1958 for no reason other than Belgium coming first alphabetically, this elusive setting has never been examined so intricately in literature. Here, in Robert Menasse’s “great EU novel” (Politico), tragic heroes, clever schemers, and involuntary accomplices play out the effects of a fiercely nationalistic “union.”

Technical info: 
Robert MENASSE, Jamie BULLOCH. London : MacLehose Press, 2019, 432 p.