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The Novel of the Year - Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt. Reading of the entire book on 15 November in the Volksbühne

The Volksbühne Berlin presents a complete reading of Robert Menasse’s Die Hauptstadt (The Capital), the winner of the German Book Prize for 2017. Presented in cooperation with the German Book Prize and the Suhrkamp Verlag as well as the rbb’s kulturradio, radioeins and the rbb’s Stilbruch cultural programme on:

Wednesday, 15 November, 2017
Beginning at 6 pm
Ending around 10 am on Thursday
VOLKSBÜHNE Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Admission 16/12 €

For the first time, a novel awarded with the German Book Prize will be read live, in its entirety. In addition to author Robert Menasse, the readers include Frank Arnold, Lutz Blochberger, Jens-Uwe Bogadtke, Andreas Hoppe, Joachim Krol, Christin Nichols, Silvia Rieger, Ludmila Skripkina, Jeanette Spassova, Anna Maria Sturm, Anne Tismer, among others. The reading time is estimated at 16-17 hours.

Die Hauptstadt is a grand novel of the European epoch. In Brussels, on the occasion of the “50th anniversary of the European Commission”, a “Jubilee Project” is being prepared that’s supposed to spruce up the Commission’s image. All around these preparations, Menasse sketches and shapes his cleverly planned story, in which nothing is left to chance. “Robert Menasse is a storyteller and polemicist, a visionary enthusiast with a cool awareness of history who makes sure he knows the facts before he takes off. And he’s a seducer who persuades through the power of his language”. - Anton Thuswaldner, Salzburger Nachrichten

Robert Menasse, born 1954 in Vienna, studied German philology, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg and Messina. Today he lives and works as a novelist and essayist in Vienna and Amsterdam.

rbb kulturradio, radioeins and rbb online will broadcast the reading in a livestream.

Tickets are now available at the box office in the Volksbühne, by calling +49 (0) 30 2406 5777 and online at

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