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** The Capital by Robert Menasse

The Capital takes place in Brussels and stars many European bureaucrats, including a soon-to-be departing Brit, as they attempt to build their careers through sometimes outlandish ideas, such as using Auschwitz as a jubilee symbol, along with standard political maneuvers. There is also an unsolved murder by a hitman and various pigs running through the streets, all fun and inventive but this reader was looking for some kind of coming together of the various trends, which never came, alas.

 

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* The Wallcreeper by Nell Zink


The Wallcreeper is the funnily told story of not very much: a confused young woman who follows her husband to Europe and simultaneously expects him to support her from his decidedly corporate job and expects herself to save the birds and the rest of the environment. When he decides to join the environmental fight, she balks. And they sleep around. Despite the score of unusual hangers-on, I had difficulty forming any kind of attachments to the main characters, so the story did not work well for me.

 

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