millennium in belgrade a novel


Vladimir Pištalo
Story starts with the funeral of the President of Yugoslavia Josip Broz Tito in 1980’s, surreal scene of hundreds of thousands of people passing in silence by Tito’s casket, displayed in the National Assembly in Yugoslavia. A bunch of young intellectuals watch the funeral, with the highest dignitaries from the entire world present, cracking jokes.
It ends with the hellish firework of the NATO – bombing of Belgrade, 2000. (Millenium is supposed to be the end of history.) Meanwhile the life of our main characters, Milan, a historian, Irina, a beauty and a secret junkie, Zora, a moral pillar of the story, Bane, a rock musician and Zuti, a judo champion, who turns a Mafioso, unravel.