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The Resource The Ministry of Special Cases : a novel, Nathan Englander

The Ministry of Special Cases : a novel, Nathan Englander

Label
The Ministry of Special Cases : a novel
Title
The Ministry of Special Cases
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Nathan Englander
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
From its unforgettable opening scene in the darkness of a forgotten cemetery in Buenos Aires, 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--and denies a checkered history that only Kaddish holds dear. 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, the refuge of last resort. Nathan Englander's first novel is a timeless story of fathers and sons. In a world turned upside down, where the past and the future, the nature of truth itself, all take shape according to a corrupt government's whims, one man--one spectacularly hopeless man--fights to overcome his history and his name, and, if for only once in his life, to put things right. Here again are all the marvelous qualities for which Englander's first book was immediately beloved: his exuberant wit and invention, his cosmic sense of the absurd, his genius for balancing joyfulness and despair. Through the devastation of a single family, Englander captures, indelibly, the grief of a nation. The Ministry of Special Cases, like Englander's stories before it, is a celebration of our humanity, in all its weakness, and--despite that--hope
Summary
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--and denies a checkered history that only Kaddish holds dear
Storyline
Tone
Writing style
Character
Award
  • Booklist Editors' Choice, 2007.
  • New York Times Notable Book, 2007
  • Sophie Brody Medal, 2008
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
161059
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Englander, Nathan
Dewey number
813.54
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Disappeared persons
  • Missing children
  • Human rights
  • Argentina
  • Jews
  • Disappeared persons
  • Human rights
  • Jews
  • Missing children
  • Argentina
Target audience
adult
Label
The Ministry of Special Cases : a novel, Nathan Englander
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn166367958
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage International ed.
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9780375704444
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)166367958
Label
The Ministry of Special Cases : a novel, Nathan Englander
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn166367958
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
1st Vintage International ed.
Extent
339 pages
Isbn
9780375704444
Isbn Type
(paperback)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)166367958

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