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Don Juan de la Mancha by Robert Menasse

Don Juan de la Mancha

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Don Juan de la Mancha by Robert Menasse

'You can only be happy with your first woman or with your last,' announces Nathan's father, thus summarizing the seducer's dilemma. Nathan too is a seducer, albeit in different times. An editor for a Viennese newspaper, he maintains an emancipated marriage and an equally emancipated affair, paying frequent visits to his psychotherapist. Whereas Nathan's father sought happiness in women and Nathan's mother found unhappiness in men, Nathan intends to do everything quite differently. But what is he doing differently? Nothing. More entertaining and facetious than ever, Robert Menasse paints a vivid portrait of the post-'68 generation and a society 'that cannot even sell a bottle of mineral water without viewing the goods from an erotic angle'.


'David Bryer's translation does the rudely mordant narrator proud, while Nathan's erotic odyssey reflects a generation as much as a single libido.'
The Independent

About the Author

Translated in more than twenty countries, Robert Menasse is one of the leading voices in Austrian literature. Major Awards 1990 Heimito von Doderer Prize; 1994 Alexander Sacher Masoch Prize; 1998 Osterreichischer Staatspreis fur Kulturpublizistik; 2002 Joseph Breitbach Prize; 2002 Friedrich Holderlin Prize; 2002 Lion Feuchtwanger Prize; 2002 Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize; 2003 Erich Fried Prize.

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Publication date

6th February 2009


Robert Menasse

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Alma Books Ltd


250 pages


Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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