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The Ministry of Special Cases (Vintage International)

The Ministry of Special Cases (Vintage International)
Author: Nathan Englander
ISBN 13: 9780375704444
ISBN 10: 375704442
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 339
List Price: $15.95

From Nathan Englander, author of the literary sensation For the Relief of Unbearable Urges, a spectacular debut novel set at the height of Argentina's Dirty War.

An unforgettable work of realism and of the imagination, a hallucinatory journey into a world of terror, into a forbidden city within a city at a time of radical instability and dislocation, Englander's novel moves effortlessly between the cosmic and the minute, wrestling with extraordinary themes and binding them into an exceptionally crafted narrative that fuses absurdity and desolation with transcendence and abiding love. The fate of the Jews; the fate of the disappeared; the fate of one family- of a hopelessly lost father and a hopelessly lost son all meet in the dark, inescapably tortuous corridors of the Ministry of Special Cases...

The New York Times - Will Blythe

Beautifully written, The Ministry of Special Cases nonetheless presents a conundrum. Englander does in fiction what his absent God cannot: create a world. And then he peoples that world with characters that he treats better than history ever would. Such decency is not a large failing in a young novelist. If only the junta had been half so kind.