At the birth of Radar Radmanovic, all of the hospital electricity mysteriously fails. When the lights are turned on again, the staff is startled to see the healthy baby boy - with unusually black skin - born to the two stunned Caucasian parents. Despite the father’s joy at the successful delivery, it is the mother, Charlene, who bears the brunt of the gossip and speculation, and who becomes overwhelmed with her need to "fix" the skin color of her beloved Radar. Though Charlene has her own problems following the birth - including a newly heightened but crippling sense of smell - she receives no help from the hospital staff. "A childbirth is an explosion," the ancient physician says by way of explanation. "Some shrapnel is inevitable, isn’t it?"
Just what was born in the long explosion of the Twentieth Century? In the shrapnel of propaganda and colonialism, genocide and racism, the characters of I Am Radar hunt in the rubble for what life can still be salvaged. Following a secret society of puppeteers and scientists who perform experimental art in the midst of violent conflict, I Am Radar is a triumph of pure storytelling, a testament to the liberating powers of the imagination.
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