The Use of Man

The Use of Man

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Four individuals from a small town in Yugoslavia find themselves among drastically different fates during World War II. Two become Nazis, one joins the Partisans, and one is sent to a concentration camp.

Set in Yugoslavia prior to and during World War II, this tale of devastation traces the lives of four friends born in the same small town. They went to school together, took dancing lessons, stole kisses, were taught German by an old maid who kept a diary. But when war comes, half-Jewish Vera is sent to a concentration camp while her German cousin becomes a Nazi; Serbian boyfriend Milinko joins the Partisans; and another classmate, also a Serb, becomes fascinated by the magic of killing. Tisma's portrayal of their situation is certainly poignant, but he belabors the obvious in overly melodramatic fashion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 141.2 x 215.4 x 23.1mm | 537.46g
  • United States
  • Serbian
  • 0151932034
  • 9780151932030

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366 ratings
4.38 out of 5 stars
5 57% (207)
4 30% (110)
3 10% (35)
2 3% (12)
1 1% (2)
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