Eva Menasse

  • Dunkelblum
  • Literature

At first glance, Dunkelblum is a small town like any other. But behind the facade of the Austrian community lies the story of a terrible crime. In her new novel, Eva Menasse creates a large historical panorama using the example of a small town that repeatedly becomes the scene of world politics. Dunkelblum tells of how the inhabitants deal with a historical guilt and is an eerily funny epic about the wounds that do not fade.

Eva Menasse, born in Vienna in 1970, began as a journalist and made her debut with the family novel Vienna (2005). Her novels and short stories have won numerous awards and have been translated. She has received, among others, the Heinrich Böll Prize, the Austrian Book Prize, and the Villa Massimo Fellowship in Rome. Eva Menasse is also increasingly active as an essayist, for which she received the Ludwig Börne Prize in 2019.

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