• Liudmila Pastushenko
Keywords: concept, style, political genre, journalism, EU, united Europe


The article focuses on the interpretation of the features of the journalistic style of R. Menasse – the world famous Austrian writer, the discoverer of the European Union asa subject of aesthetic comprehension in world literature, who sharply raised a number of problematic issues of the political reality of the coexistence of European states. These include such as the ratio of the concepts of national interest, national power, nationalism; the possibility of the existence of democracy at the supranational level; the relationship between the elite and democracy; the national bureaucracy and the administrative apparatus of the EU and others, which are practically not affected so far in literary journalism. The concept of the article proceeds from the idea of Menasse’s mentality as a European writer as Europeanist, rooting in the minds of contemporary readers the realities of a new, supranational thinking. In undertaking a revision of the prevailing stereotypes of the EU as a restrictive and bureaucratic institution, Menasse draws on his own research undertaken to create an independent view of the EU’s activities. The writer’s vivid impressions are combined with reflections on the history of European countries and reliable judgments about the practical functioning of the EU. The engaged narrator Menasse sets out his objective concept of an intellectual and an independent thinker, relying on the evidence-based logic of facts and figures, which nowhere become an end in themselves, but illustrate a consistent and rigorous argumentation. The narrator-educator Menasse is characterized by completeness of formulations, frankness of position, honest attitude towards the reader. Thanks to the stylistic skill of the author, the essay develops into an analytical and journalistic compendium in which political objectivism and the power of persuasion dominate.


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How to Cite
Pastushenko, L. (2021). THE ORIGINALITY OF THE PUBLICISTIC STYLE IN R. MENASSE’S POLITICAL ESSAY «EUROPÄISCHER LANDBOTE». Anglistics and Americanistics, 1(18), 126-132.