The Ministry of Special Cases

By Nathan Englander
(Vintage Books USA, Paperback, 9780375704444, 339pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2008

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Description
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.



About the Author
Nathan Englander was born in New York in 1970. His short fiction has appeared in "The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, "and numerous anthologies including "The Best American Short Stories, The O. Henry Prize Anthology, "and "The Pushcart Prize," Englander's story collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges "(Knopf, 1999), earned him a PEN/Malamud Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Sue Kauffman Prize. He was a Guggenheim Fellow in 2003 and a Fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library in 2004. He lives in Manhattan.
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