Pigs. Robert Menasse presents readers with an astute take on the tension between nationalism and union in Europe in his novel titled, The Capital. Set in Brussels, we get to enjoy the dysfunction of the bureaucracy, in which Auschwitz is selected as the best location for a celebration, and pigs take center stage in the plot. While comic in many respects, the novel helps readers reflect on the importance of those institutions that can bridge our differences. We need novels like this one to hold up for us our absurdities and lead us to think about what’s important.
Rating: Four-star (I like it)
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