According to Boris Yashmilye, at least, who has decided – after a decade or so – to apologise to all those non-communists whom he ‘flashed’ as part of the publicity tour for his debut novel Flashe[r]s at Midnight.
‘Though I’ll never regret using nudity as a form of protest against communist crimes in Bulgaria,’ he told The Vienna Globe, ‘I have gradually come to the opinion that nakedness will not save the world.’
It’s a fair point. The interesting connections between Nazis and nudism have always intrigued people, whilst the majority of us have long considered the possibility that one can believe in love and peace and keep your trousers on.
No explicit mention, incidentally, of nakedness in Yashmilye’s latest novel, The Bastard – although most of the characters don’t wear clothes. But then a lot of them are squirrels.