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 might be derailed by way of backfiring strong intentions in a global of propaganda and paranoia. At age nineteen, an blameless prank cuts the younger Croatian's budding clinical occupation brief and lands him in a infamous exertions camp. published at the eve of civil conflict, Ivan is drafted into the incorrect military, changing into a pawn in an absurd clash within which the principles and loyalties shift without notice and without notice. yet even in a global long gone mad, one plan of action continues to be eminently sane: survival. advised with bitingly darkish humor and a deep tenderness, April Fool's Day is either a devastating political satire and a razor-sharp parody of battle.

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I can still catch the midnight train. I have no money, but so what? ” And he ran to the train station. Back two days later, he said: “Life is wonderful. I’ve seen Mother. ” He pulled out some fresh bacon. ” “I can’t eat that stuff. ” “Come on, don’t listen to all the doctors say. ” Aldo sliced the parts with more meat than fat for Ivan, and they chewed the bacon with onions and dark bread. The two of them had become thick as thieves, so that in times of trouble Aldo always looked for Ivan. For example, late one night Aldo shouted as he entered the room in pitch-darkness where Ivan slept alone, because the other roommates had gone home.

Go ahead. ” They faced each other, and she trustingly closed her eyes, and flung her head backward, letting her hair hang loose, and her face shone again. Her lips curved into a smile of subtle expectation. Ivan gently felt around her chin and once he found the slight indent, he pressed into it with measure, neither hard nor softly. “Ouch! ” “What did you expect? ” That startled Ivan. She had invited him to kiss her, did he hear that right? He blushed. She laughed and touched his hand with her fingers.

April Fool’s Day 37 Aldo, Jovo, and Ivan stared at him with gratitude, as if he’d actually given them a present. ” Big Brother took several minutes to stand up and stretch enough to settle into the right posture to receive the coat Aldo held between thumbs and index fingers as if he’d defile it. His belly, pouring over his belt, contributed to his Belgrade political look. Aldo seized a disk of butter from a pot of cold water, where it had swum among grape leaves like an albino hippo among pond lilies, and polished Brother’s black shoes until they shone like moonlight on an icy lake.

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