The man who ate death had beautiful handwriting. He lived during the time of the French revolution, was not interested in politics, and wasn’t a revolutionary. But he works at the “Palais de Justice”, and registers the names of those who are sentenced to death by the guillotine, a device, which he has never seen before. What kind of person was he? This is the question for which Borislav Pekić seeks an answer in his story. Čovek koji je jeo smrt first appeared in 1988 in the story volume Novi Jerusalim.