Satire on EU bureaucracy wins German book prize

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BERLIN (Reuters) – A satirical demeanour during a European Union and a bureaucracy, that opens with a pig using amok in one of Brussels’ categorical squares, has won a prestigious German Book Prize.

Austrian author Robert Menasse scooped a 25,000 euro esteem for his novel “Die Hauptstadt” (The Capital) on Monday on a eve of a opening of a Frankfurt Book Fair.

Europe’s destiny hangs in a change as Britain wrangles with Brussels about a terms of a depart from a confederation after a Jun 2016 Brexit vote. Despite efforts to yield a joined front, a other 27 members sojourn deeply divided over a euro, taxes and migration.

“Contemporary times are presented literarily so good that contemporaries commend themselves and entrance generations will improved know this time,” a German Publishers and Booksellers Association said.

The Austrian journal Salzburger Nachrichten called Menasse’s book “provocative, timely and important: a defence to remember what lies during a core of a ‘European assent project’, and to have a bravery to take it into a subsequent phase.”

The book, published by Suhrkampf Verlag in September, was one of 6 books shortlisted for a prize. Menasse, clearly moved, supposed a esteem in Frankfurt.

Reporting by Andrea Shalal; Editing by Alison Williams

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