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An interesting exploration of loneliness when culture, country and language are lost. Rings true to the experience of forced immigration.Published 2 months ago by Carol Nini
I generally like literary works more than I liked this. I just simply can't get on board with anything. Read morePublished on January 9, 2012 by debiant
From Mishima's "The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea" to Kafka to "Winesburg, Ohio," the themes of alienation and exile have pervaded world literature in the twentieth... Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by A Certain Bibliophile
(This comes from a blog-posted review of three books--the present book, Philip Marsden's The Bronski House: A Return to the Borderlands, and Nikolai's Fortune by Solveig... Read morePublished on December 17, 2010 by Johan Maurer
The Washington Post called Dubravka Ugresic's The Ministry of Pain "a shiningly weird novel...[it] almost reaches perfection. Read morePublished on August 14, 2007 by Armchair Interviews
Too bad, because this could have been a five star novel.
This writer can write, no doubt about it--and she has things to say,
but the ending is so ridiculous and hard to... Read more
...in that the latter part of this hugely potential-filled book really affected my overall 'star rating.' Although I don't think it's deserving of merely 3-stars... Read morePublished on May 16, 2006 by Adam Daniel Mezei