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How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone

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“How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone”  – Saša Staniši? Aleksandar Krsmanovic, the young hero of “How the Soldier Repairs the Gramophone“, doesn’t know why it matters what name you have, only that he has the right name. He enjoys an idyllic childhood in Bosnia until the sudden death of his grandfather, which happens at precisely the same time as Carl Lewis sets a new world record on television. Close to his grandfather, Aleksandar struggles to come to terms with his death, realising for the first time that life is finite, a discovery that inspires him to paint of a series of pictures of “unfinished things”.

Then the ethnic wars, which have already visited neighbouring countries, start to creep towards Višegrad.

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