Ritam zlocina



(By the novel "Good Spirit of Zagreb")


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This is my house.

It is located in Trnje,

in 87 Paromlinska street.

It was built by my granddad

who was a railwayman, back in 1909.

It was where my father was born,

and so was I.

But we haven't been living here permanently.

My father was a teacher.

I've spent most of my childhood in Dalmatia,

and when I got back to

my old house at the age of 17,

boys from the hood kept calling me

"Dalmo" for a while.

I'm a loner. I teach history and geography

at elementary school nearby.

Circumstancially, I never got married,

and I wouldn't find easy to move away from here

since the house, like the rest of

this street, is to be demolished soon.

I haven't been disturbed

when I heard about this.

For quite some time, I wasn't

even paying attention to it.

What do I need, anyway?

I begun serious thinking about the house,

my departing and the whole neighborhood

only when Fabian shown up.

One day, he just rang my doorbell.

Good day.

- Good day!

I was looking for you already.

You may heard of it.

Neighbors just told me!

Please, come in.

We can do it like this.

I wouldn't like to bother you.

I have a plea for you.

- For me?

Please, come in!

Let's not stand here.

It's maybe inadequate.

The thing is delicate.

They're not dangerous, aren't they?

No... please come.

Sit, please.

You just speak.

I don't know where to start.

Excuse me... Have we met before?

No. I wouldn't say so.

You see, this is a bit...

Would you rent me a room?


- Yes.

Have somebody send you to me?

It's a mistake, then.

No, I come by myself.

I heard in the neighborhood

that you're a loner.

I'm a loner, too.

I was living in Trenjevka,

Gorjanska street.

It's a very similar street to this one.

So I thought...

I know Gorjanska street!

You see, I was living there for

two years, and now I got fired.

Before that, I was living here

in Trnje for 30 years.

I know every house and street.

I kept knocking at the doors around to ask.

I'm sentimentally attached to this area.

So I decided to try my luck

in Paromlinska street.

So, this is how you came to me?

People decide to rent their room

after they've been suggested to do so.

I thought you were the one.

I don't know. You have confused me.

Maybe I should tell you

something about myself?

I'm retired for disability.

I was a land surveyor.

I could pay as much as you want.

I can make money in another way.

Leave it, that's not...

I'm peaceful, too. I don't

play cards or bring women home.

I don't even drink or smoke.

I'm mostly out, I even eat there.

- That's ok, but I don't know...

It is so suddenly. Understand me,

I can't just do it right away.

You don't have to decide immediately.

I'll come in a day or two.

You think about it.


- I don't know...

Well, day or two, that would be fine.


So, there is a chance, eh?

See you in a couple of days, then.

I won't bother you anymore.


You don't have to leave right off!

You just think over.

Help yourself.

- Thanks.

Please, be careful with this.

It's fragile.

Would you mind?

- Thanks.

It's nothing special.

I will show you, don't worry.

I told you I was a land surveyor.

This here is a theodolite.

I look through this

every once in a while.

I only need to keep it unnoticed.

Why? - I don't want them to

think I'm some kind of a spy.

Have I shown you the bathroom?

- No.

It's dilapidated, as you see.

There's no need to repair it now.

You won't have to walk through my room.

Be sure that you lock yourself

when you use the bathroom,

they may break in.

I haven't told you...

Do you know that this house is

going to be torn down in a month?

Of course I do.

Why did you insist to live here, then?

Sentimentality and other things.

I told you.

When this happens, I'll manage

myself somewhere else.

You won't have any troubles with me.

I admit that I was worried at start

how would I get used to another

man's presence under my roof,

but Fabian was so quiet and unnoticeable

that I even felt unpleasant.

As if I asked this from him.

I haven't seen him for days.



How do you do.

A coffee, maybe?

If you don't mind.

Ok. Come on in.

You're puzzled about all this, right?

About my charts.

Yes. What is it?

I'm into statistics, you know.

Only as a hobby.

I classify all kinds of data.

I may show you sometimes, if you want.

Good morning.

- Good morning.

Nice day.

And you already got up.

- I haven't even slept.

Why, are you suffer from insomnia?

I was working until a minute ago.

You know how it is.

It's better not to leave it for tomorrow.

Tomorrow, one may get a toothache,

or a headache... The years are later, too.

And then it's late for ideas.

You've been working with statistics, right?

- Yes.

You said it's more like a hobby to you,

to kill your time.

Right, but if you're forced to do this,

it wouldn't go that easy.

But if one is having fun with this and

puts all his heart and soul into it,

he works like he's getting

the highest paycheck.

Besides, it's kind of statistics

that needs constant updates.

I was checking the yesterday's papers.

How about a coffee?

- Thanks, I don't drink it early.

What kind of newspapers?

I wouldn't want to be mysterious to you,

but otherwise, if I tell you,

you may think I'm a bit...

You know.

Why not? People do

everything out of hobby.

In fact, I'm doing crime statistics.

I'll give you a wet cloth.

What type of crime?

The financial one?

Something about your profession?

- No, but crime in general.

There must be some criteria or logic.

There is logic.

It's a crime statistics

in the city of Zagreb,

and I'm interested in Trnje

neighborhood in particular.

After all, that's where I come from.

So, that's why you wanted

to live in my house.

Yes... Among other things, too.

It's a crime statistics

classified by various criteria.

Have a seat!

- Thank you very much.

Why do you need that?

It's a hobby. I told you.

How come you got involved into crime?

Well, don't you think

it's the biggest evil?

I was never thinking about that.

You claim that this statistics

can be applied somehow?

Well, I'm sure it can.

These kinds of crime stats

are being kept normally.

The felons are filed by gender, age,

financial status and profession.

Crimes are being classified

by seriousness, by place of origin,

by felon's and victim's present condition.

I have all that in these books, too.

But I have a separate chart for each group.

Children, men, women...

Here, I have the intellectuals of classic

and technical education separately.

Then, the working class... the laborers,

the military officers, the mafia, etc.

So, there's the separate stats for each group.

How do you collect informations?

Later about that.

Check this out.

I have an insight into the

crime increase of laborers,

farmers, or tradesmen.

Then I have the crime stats regarding the

female individuals of these same groups.

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