The Ministry of Pain

The Ministry of Pain

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Having fled the violent breakup of Yugoslavia, Tanja Lucic is now a professor of literature at the University of Amsterdam, where she teaches a class filled with other young Yugoslav exiles, most of whom earn meager wages assembling leather and rubber S&M clothing at a sweatshop they call the "Ministry." Abandoning literature, Tanja encourages her students to indulge their "Yugonostalgia" in essays about their personal experiences during their homeland's cultural and physical disintegration. But Tanja's act of academic rebellion incites the rage of one renegade member of her class--and pulls her dangerously close to another--which, in turn, exacerbates the tensions of a life in exile that has now begun to spiral seriously out of control.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 257 pages
  • 134.6 x 195.6 x 20.3mm | 158.76g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060825855
  • 9780060825850
  • 277,116

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"[A] powerful novel of ideas."--Time Out New York
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