Žarko’s mother feeds us chicken soup, then new potatoes and carrots and chicken with gravy. While we eat, she smokes. You remind me of Greta Garbo, I tell her. Žarko translates. She shakes her head and says: Greta Garbo with diabetes.
A parliamentary debate on the education-reform law flickers on the TV. If the reform passes, Žarko explains, university deans will be appointed by the minister of education, faculty appointments will require ministerial approval, and all faculty members will have to sign new contracts affirming their support for the new policies.
That’s how they do it where I work, I tell him. Not a healthy system, unless your main concern is to preserve an established way of thinking.
from Immortal for Quite Some Time
photo…David Albahari and Zarko Radakovic