A traditional novel, broadshouldered, omniscient, almost Balzac-ian, but with terrorism part of a plot centered satirically around an all-too-plausible Brussels idea.
An elegantly written, brilliantly constructed novel, full of discussion points and ideas
A major jubilee project is planned to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the EU commission. Menasse develops his sophisticatedly constructed story, in which nothing is random, around the preparations
The politically engaged intellectual proves himself to be an uncompromising and indeed passionate storyteller. A storyteller, moreover, who handles his material so confidently and with such ease that you swiftly forget the complexities of the figures he describes. After almost 500 pages you are astonished to have already come to the end
A deliciously vicious - and timely - satire about the E.U. and the meaning of Europe today
Menasse has a finely tuned satirical ear that easily criss-crosses borders . . . an intelligently written, pacy novel whose wide-ranging narratives ensure the momentum never wavers . . . Robert Menasse has produced an extraordinary piece of work
[An] ambitious panorama that arrives amid the throes of Brexit and the Chinese Year of the Pig. Intelligent, fun, sad, insightful - an exceptional work.
A thoroughly entertaining fiction that serves both as a sort of campus satire and a novel of ideas . . . Menasse packs his Brussels with sharply-etched types . . . With its zest, pace and wit, Jamie Bulloch's translation serves him splendidly.
The Capital is a mischievous yet profound story about storytelling; about the art of shaping a narrative by finding resonances in the messy stuff of life . . . [An] unexpectedly delightful book about Brussels.