Suhrkamp, September 2017
Shortlisted for the German Book Prize 2017
Public official Fenia Xenopoulou is tasked with brushing up the image of the European Commission. She hires the consultant Martin Susman to come up with an idea – an idea that ends up rousing a spectre from the past, rocking the boat of the EU institutions. Commissioner Brunfaut is forced to let a murder case rest for political reasons. Alois Erhart, Professor Emeritus of Economics, is expected to pronounce words on the future of Europe that may be his last. And what is Brussels up to? Looking for a name – for the pig that’s on the loose in the streets.
Born in 1954 in Vienna, Robert Menasse studied German language and literature, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg and Messina. Today he lives in Vienna and Amsterdam as a novelist and essayist.