Nathan Englander’s The Ministry of Special Cases takes over where Edgardo Cozarinsky’s The Moldavian Pimp left off. Cozarinsky’s novel is a history of the Jewish pimps and prostitutes of Buenos Aires in the early 20th century. Englander’s novel opens 50 years later, in the graveyard the Jewish community has set aside for these putas and procurers. It is 1976, the beginning of the Dirty War, and Kaddish Poznan is at work with Pato, his son, chipping away the names on the gravestones, erasing the evidence of this shame at the behest of the children who have risen to be doctors and lawyers.
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