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 through 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 battle, Ivan is drafted into the inaccurate military, turning into a pawn in an absurd clash within which the principles and loyalties shift unexpectedly and suddenly. yet even in a global long gone mad, one plan of action continues to be eminently sane: survival. informed 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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Children shrieked on the side of the road, and threw flowers and paper flags in front of the car. “Look, his roof is open, like Kennedy’s in Dallas,” said Aldo. ” Tito’s waxed face glided by, without any reaction to all the love and adoration the people shrieked out. And as Aldo put his hand in his pocket, four policemen grabbed Aldo and Ivan, handcuffed them, and drove them to the police station. Since Aldo and Ivan had no weapons, they were almost let go, with a reprimand, but just then a policeman who had searched Aldo’s apartment showed up with the rifles.
In addition, it was possible Professor Radulovic might dislike him because he spoke Croatian. ” Ivan didn’t want him to see that his hand was trembling from stage fright, and, wishing to appear tough, he grabbed the brain. It was cool, like clay, and, like clay, it gave way to his fingers. “Easy does it! ” Ivan was surprised: the rough giant admonished him to be gentle. April Fool’s Day 47 “Look what you have done! ” Ivan bowed, and saw two fingertip prints. Not an auspicious start. Nevertheless, whatever the professor asked, Ivan answered, slowly, hesitantly, and accurately.
Aldo glistened with happiness on all fours, like a dog looking up to his master, about to go hunting. He would have wagged his tail if he’d had one. 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.