Robert Menasse is an Austrian writer.
He studied German studies, philosophy and political science in Vienna, Salzburg and Messina. Between 1981 and 1988, Robert worked as a junior lecturer at the Institute of Literature Theory at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. He has been working as a freelance publicist, columnist and translator of novels from Portuguese into German ever since. In 1990, Robert was the first writer to be awarded the Heimito von Doderer Prize. Since returning to Europe from Brazil, he has mainly lived in Berlin, Vienna and Amsterdam. In his work Robert often criticises the latent form of anti-Semitism still widespread in the German-speaking world today. Most recently, he wrote about the future of Europe and the European Union, criticising tendencies of re-nationalisation (especially in Germany, but also elsewhere) and anti-European integration movements, which are a reaction to the financial crisis of 2007-2008 and its aftermath (Euro crisis) ("Der europäische Landbote", 2012).