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The Capital by Robert Menasse
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A timely and somewhat satirical look at the intricacies of the European Commission and the wider European political establishment as a whole, whilst Britain struggles to make sense of the decision to leave our European friends and how best to do so. It's a weaving together of seemingly unrelated subplots, which are barmy to say the least, and an adventure through the life of an organisation comprised for the greater good and its association with our identity. Winner of the German Book Prize, The Capital is entertainingly bizarre, in a similar vein to Balzac's The Human Comedy, and although it is a work of fiction it very much reflects the complexities of real life.

It highlights the inane tedium of everyday living and what happens when so many egotistical politicians come together in a single location. Using fiction as a device to provide social and political commentary, Menasse gets away with his often harsh criticism; at least more so than he might've through a work of nonfiction. Translated from German by Jamie Bulloch, it's a seamless transition and goes rather unnoticed - a sign of a very proficient translator - and provocatively pleads with readers to remember the reasons the European project began.

Many thanks to MacLehose Press for an ARC.
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