The Use of Man by Aleksandar Tišma

By Aleksandar Tišma

The Use of guy starts with an unforeseen discovery. international struggle II is finishing. Sredoje Lazukić has been scuffling with throughout it. Now, as one of the triumphant Partisans, he has come domestic to Novi unhappy. He visits the home he grew up in. Strangers nervously exhibit him round. He seems up the mummy of Milinko, his ally. Milinko's female friend, Vera, used to be the daughter of a Jew, a bookish businessman. Her residence stands empty and open. Venturing in, Sredoje is shocked to discover the diary of the German instruct that Milinko, Vera, and he all shared, Fräulein, who died at the working desk previous to the battle. right here, even if, in an inexpensive computer in Vera's outdated room, is a list of Fräulein's lonely days, with the sentimental caption Poésie. . . .

The diary survived. Sredoje survived. Vera and Milinko have survived too. yet what survives? many years again Sredoje, Vera, and Milinko have been kids, suffering to make feel of lifestyles. existence, they now recognize, may be extra sour than demise.

A paintings of stark poetry and illimitable unhappiness, The Use of Man is without doubt one of the nice books of the twentieth century.

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That may be so—but will they believe it from a Protestant? " That was all the President said; but later on Lanny learned from Pro- is fessor Alston that the heads of the hierarchy had come to Washington and "talked cold turkey"; in other words, votes. 's Supreme Court reform plan. They had threatened in so many words to do it. "Mr. Roosevelt," remarked the visitor, "what you say is almost identical with what Leon Blum has told me. He carried an election on a program of domestic reforms, and is very proud of having pushed them all through.

Wise as Serpents I IN ORTHWARD up the valley of the Mohawk, Lanny began one He Hudson and into that of the of those motor trips in which he combined as a boy, and loved the enjoyed the variety of He landscapes slipping by; his subconscious mind was pervaded by the presence of nature, even while his thoughts were occupied with his personal problems or the destiny of the world. If the mood took him he might turn on the little radio in the car, a combination of inventions by which music could be brought to miUions of homes and to travelers on business with pleasure.

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