Kaddish Poznan chips the names off gravestones for a living, removing traces of disreputable ancestors for their more respectable kin. His wife ...Show synopsisKaddish Poznan chips the names off gravestones for a living, removing traces of disreputable ancestors for their more respectable kin. His wife Lillian works in insurance, earning money when people live longer than they fear. Set in a tumultuous Buenos Aires on the cusp of a military coup, the couple's own tumultuous relationship is held together by their role as parents dedicated to a teenage son. As Argentina's Dirty War unfolds around them, it threatens to overwhelm the infectious, mad energy of their lives. Their sometimes hilarious misadventures are soon replaced by something much darker. A visit to the dreaded "Ministry of Special Cases" is only the start of Englander's stunning vision of a nation in the hold of corruption and torture, a place where absurdity, despair and hope are the end products of a bureaucracy run out of control.Hide synopsis
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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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