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The Ministry of Pain
ISBN: 9781846590399
Fiction
March 2008
Paperback
13x20 cm
£7.99

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Dubravka Ugresic has been compared favourably with writers such as Vladimir Nabokov and Virginia Woolf. She entered self-imposed exile when Croatia's late president, Franjo Tudjman, proclaimed Croatia to be 'paradise on earth' in the early 1990s.

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The Ministry of Pain

Dubravka Ugresic

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Tanja Lucic teaches at the University of Amsterdam and lives on the edge of the city's red light district. She and her pupils, fleeing the violent break-up of their homeland Yugoslavia, have found temporary refuge in the Department of Slavonic Languages.

Desperate to make ends meet, many of the students find work at the ‘Ministry’ a fetish-wear factory in North Amsterdam. Meanwhile, Tanja and her student Igor form a dangerously close relationship that threatens to unleash all the tensions of life in exile.

Dubravka Ugresic illuminates with savage compassion our shared human homelessness.

Shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize.

Translated by Michael Henry Heim

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'Urgresic builds her place of art out of the blood-soaked debris of politics.'
Independent

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I don't remember when I first noticed it. I'd be standing at a tram stop waiting for a tram, staring at the map of the city in the glass case, at the colour-coded bus and tram routes that I didn't understand and that were of little or no interest to me at the time, standing there without a thought in the world when suddenly, out of the blue, I'd be overcome by a desire to bash my head into the glass and do myself harm.

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