Author Nathan Englander joined us to discuss his work and his long awaited novel The Ministry of Special Cases. The novel is set in 1976 in Buenos Aires during Argentina’s “dirty war.” Its a timeless story of fathers and sons and the search for the ‘desaparecidos’. In a world turned upside down, where the past and the future, the nature of truth itself, all take shape according to a corrupt government’s whims. Here again are all the marvelous qualities for which Englander’s first book was immediately beloved: his exuberant wit and invention, his cosmic sense of the absurd, and his genius for balancing joyfulness and despair. Nathan Englander is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and won several prizes like the Pushcart Prize and the 2000 Pen/Malamud Award and appeared on a dozen best-seller lists and garnered comparisons to Chekhov and Roth. Englander also visited the Institute in 2012.
Moderator: Pieter Steinz
In collaboration with: Ambo/Anthos Publishers, Odeon, Holland-America Friendship Foundation, American Embassy The Hague, AEGON, Gemeente Den Haag, Ministerie van OC&W, Paagman Boekhandel, Van den Berch van Heemstede Fonds