The Ministry of Pain
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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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