YUGOSLAVIA: The Old Man & the Eel

Along Yugoslavia's wild coast of Dalmatia, the test of a man is his ability to pull an oar. In the balmy Adriatic summer the test comes rarely. But in winter, the cold bora wind sweeps down from the mountains, battering the little fishing boats with gusts that reach 120 m.p.h., and the lives of the whole crew depend on their oars.

Ivica Krunic was a fisherman in the village of Bol on the isle of Brae. First as a boy with his brothers, then as a man with his sons, Ivica had pulled...

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