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The Ministry of Special Cases

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Kaddish Poznan chips the names off gravestones for a living, removing traces of disreputable ancestors for their more respectable kin. His wife ... Show synopsis

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Jamaican

Palpable Fear in Argentina

by Jamaican on Jun 10, 2010

This novel captures the complexity of political and social life in Argentina during the 1970s. The plot follows the parents of a young "disappeared" man in the days, weeks and months following his removal from the family home. Troubling questions about ethnicity, religion and assimilation help define this conflicted period in Argentina's past, as well as the differing generational response to the authoritarian political regime. The author delivers a palpable sense of fear, as well as the fierce sense of purpose among the parents of the disappeared. Four stars only because I felt that the conclusion of the novel was a bit weak - on the other hand, it was, perhaps, the very best ending that could have been written. A book worth reading.

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