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The Ministry of Special Cases

The Ministry of Special Cases

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Written by Nathan EnglanderAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Nathan Englander

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: April 1, 2008
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-70444-4 (0-375-70444-2)
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From its unforgettable opening scene in the darkness of a forgotten cemetery in Buenos Aires, Nathan Englander's debut novel The Ministry of Special Cases casts a powerful spell. In the heart of Argentina's Dirty War, Kaddish Poznan struggles with a son who won't accept him; strives for a wife who forever saves him; and spends his nights protecting the good name of a community that denies his existence. When the nightmare of the disappeared children brings the Poznan family to its knees, they are thrust into the unyielding corridors of the Ministry of Special Cases, a terrifying, byzantine refuge of last resort. Through the devastation of a single family, Englander brilliantly captures the grief of a nation.

“Who is this Nathan Englander, so young in novelist years, but already possessed of an old masters voice?... One reads this novel in awe of Englander's talent. —The New York Times Book Review

“A mesmerizing rumination on loss and memory.” —Los Angeles Times

“[A] tour-de-force…. A few pages into The Ministry of Special Cases, it becomes clear how much [Englander] has to bring to the topic: pitch-black humor, a skeptical affection for his characters, and the narrative ability to trace the impact of fascism-with-a-modern-face on a cluster of lives.” —The Seattle Times