The Ministry of Pain
The Ministry of Pain tells the story of Tanja Lucic, an exile from Yugoslavia and a lecturer in Serbo-Croatian literature at the University of Amsterdam. Her class is filled with other Yugoslav exiles, not much younger than she, who have found temporary refuge in the Department of Slavonic Languages. Rather than teach literature, Tanja prods the students to reconstruct their pasts by writing essays that indulge their "Yugonostalgia" and their memories of Yugoslavia's culture and disintegration in war. Meanwhile, Tanja and her student Igor form a dangerously close relationship that threatens to unleash all the tensions of life in exile. With her sharp and melancholy observations, Dubravka Ugresic illuminates with savage compassion our shared human homelessness.
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Review: The Ministry of PainUser Review - Jakey Gee - Goodreads
A highly insightful reflection on post-Yugoslav 'exile' and – for my money – the best fictional take on the path that lives took (and internal battles fought) in the early few years following the war ... Read full review
Review: The Ministry of PainUser Review - Sydney Goggins - Goodreads
(This is somewhat of a plot synopsis) The main character and narrator, Tanija, fled from Croatia to the Netherlands and is teaching a university course on Serbo-Croatian literature. Instead of ... Read full review