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situation he finds himself in. For instance, at the very end of the novel he is nailed to the floor, in a variation of Christ’s death. Again, this does not define his life in quasi-​religious terms. The blasphemous nature of the ending, with Venichka taking on the role of a demotic Christ and the implicit idea that railway stations parallel the Stations of the Cross,30 makes sense through Venichka’s self-​constructed world. He is clearly not like the others he shares Russia with since they do not ‘sacrifice’ themselves, and to the end of the book his consciousness of his

in The Existential drinker

refugees waiting to travel to Budapest first camped in a park by the main bus and railway station, then also at Miksalište, an alternative cultural centre in the Savamala district earmarked by city authorities for gentrification. Volunteers at both sites, near Croatian and Macedonian border-crossings, and in smaller towns through which refugees passed, mobilised to offer refugees food, clothing and information, well beyond what post-Yugoslav states with their few asylum centres had been equipped to provide. The discourses with which politicians

in Race and the Yugoslav region