Brussels. A panorama of tragic heroes, manipulative losers, involuntary accomplices. Robert Menasse spans a narrative arc between the times, the nations, the inevitable and the irony of fate, between petty bureaucracy and big emotions. THE CAPITAL is a sharp satire, a philosophical essay, a crime story, a comedy of manners, a wild pig chase, but at its heart a powerful pro-European message. Winner of the Deutscher Buchpreis 2017.