In his novel Aleksandar Tišma’s creates powerful images to showcase how Second World War wrecks upheaval in the more or less calm lives of the people of Novi Sad and how it goes on to destroy their dreams. Half-Jewish Vera turns into a concentration camp prostitute, Sredoje can’t find his footing in post-war society, Milinko remains maimed, and Gerhard dies as a resistance fighter. “Tišma’s The Use of Man is a stunning book. I have seldom read anything that authentically conveys the feel of that nightmare—the war, the Holocaust, the brutal aftermath, and the almost equally brutal dreariness of a provincial town frozen in time, caught between Mitteleuropa and the Balkans.” (Ernst Pawel).