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Since carboxyhaemoglobin has a characteristic cherry-red hue—Götz, or it could be Meyer, always clicks his tongue when referring to cherries—these asphyxiated victims do not turn blue as others do, rather their skin acquires a pinkish tinge and their lips turn bright red.  This explains why the Serbian prisoners are thinking: ‘Lipstick’ as the first heap of corpses tumbles towards them.

(David Albahari, Götz and Meyer, tr. Ellen Elias-Bursać)