Award of the Donauland Non-Fiction Prize to Robert Menasse

The writer Robert Menasse has been awarded this year’s Donauland Non-Fiction Prize. The jury said in its citation: “The Curatorium of the Foundation pays tribute to the work of a confirmed democrat and European author whose contributions have continuously enriched cultural and political discourse.” ![/sites/default/files/old/2016.jpg:right]("Picture Robert Menasse ©Michèle Pauty | Zsolnay Verlag" "") **Robert Menasse** was born in Vienna in 1954 and studied German Studies, Philosophy and Political Science in Vienna, Salzburg, and Messina. He lives mostly in Vienna and the Waldviertel. He has won the Heimito von Doderer Literature Prize, the Friedrich Hölderlin Prize, and the Josef Breitbach Prize. Books written by him include “Erklär mir Österreich – Essays zur österreichischen Geschichte” (2000), “Das war Österreich – Gesammelte Essays zum Land ohne Eigenschaften” (2005), “Die Zerstörung der Welt als Wille und Vorstellung – Frankfurter Poetik-vorlesungen” (2006), “Permanente Revolution der Begriffe, Vorträge zum Begriff der Abklärung” (2009), and “Der Europäische Landbote: Die Wut der Bürger und der Friede Europas oder Warum die geschenkte Demokratie einer erkämpften weichen muss” (2012). The Donauland Non-Fiction Prize has existed since 1975. It is a lifetime achievement award presented annually to outstanding writers of non-fiction in German. Past prize winners include Konrad Lorenz, Hugo Portisch, Erwin Ringel, Bruno Kreisky, Hans Hass, and Ruth Klüger. The award speech will be given by former german foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Presenter: Ernst A. Grandits   Free admission You are requested to register at events@jmw.at. Admission 7.30 p.m.     _Jewish Museum Vienna Dorotheergasse 11 1010 Vienna_

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