April Fool's Day: A Novel (P.S.) by Josip Novakovich

By Josip Novakovich

Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 -- the auspicious starting of a lifestyles that would be derailed through backfiring reliable intentions in an international of propaganda and paranoia. At age nineteen, an blameless prank cuts the younger Croatian's budding scientific occupation brief and lands him in a infamous hard work camp. published at the eve of civil warfare, Ivan is drafted into the incorrect military, changing into a pawn in an absurd clash during which the foundations and loyalties shift by surprise and unexpectedly. yet even in an international long gone mad, one plan of action continues to be eminently sane: survival. instructed with bitingly darkish humor and a deep tenderness, April Fool's Day is either a devastating political satire and a razor-sharp parody of conflict.

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Certainly, my friend. ” Tito turned to the guards, and said, “Make sure that nobody touches his fan, you understand that? —let him take the fan along. ” Tito said. ” April Fool’s Day 53 Ivan assumed that he was addressing Gandhi. ” Tito addressed him. “I would love it, sir . . comrade,” said Ivan, who hated smoking cigarettes. In fact, cigars were the only thing he detested more in his mouth, other than gruel made out of grains from excrement. A guard brought a cigar to Ivan, cut off the tip with a Swiss knife, and proffered it.

Walking down the corridor, Big Brother produced a set of firmly resounding big steps, and Aldo produced another set of sharp quick steps, sounding like a big drum and a small drum. The big drum kept the rhythm on a large scale, while the small one improvised, inventively filling the spaces with a variety of brief syncopations and rushes. Aldo managed to cover in the same walk at least three times the distance Big Brother did. Aldo walked around Him, now to the left, now to the right, behind, ahead—like a tour guide, a bodyguard—although he looked like a growing son next to his father and like a servant, buying Him evening papers, cigars, matches, toothpicks.

Good device, I must say,” said Tito. “He looks chilly right away. ” “Certainly, my friend. ” Tito turned to the guards, and said, “Make sure that nobody touches his fan, you understand that? —let him take the fan along. ” Tito said. ” April Fool’s Day 53 Ivan assumed that he was addressing Gandhi. ” Tito addressed him. “I would love it, sir . . comrade,” said Ivan, who hated smoking cigarettes. In fact, cigars were the only thing he detested more in his mouth, other than gruel made out of grains from excrement.

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