By Josip Novakovich
Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 -- the auspicious starting of a lifestyles that may be derailed by way of 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 exertions camp. published at the eve of civil warfare, Ivan is drafted into the incorrect military, turning into a pawn in an absurd clash within which the principles and loyalties shift by surprise and unexpectedly. yet even in a global long past mad, one plan of action is still 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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They didn’t make love, but their hands, it could be said, did. Back in the dorm, Ivan told Aldo how his evening went. “I don’t believe you. OK, let me smell your hand, and I’ll know whether you are telling the truth. Yes, you are. That’s excellent. ” When he proudly retold Selma his adventure, she replied that he had behaved immorally, manipulating Silvia’s emotions, that he 42 Josip Novakovich had no right to do anything like that unless he loved her. “I wasn’t manipulating her emotions but her sensations and, for that matter, my sensations.
So it must be somewhere close to the 48 Josip Novakovich surface. Where do the pathways coincide? ” Ivan pointed to the area on his neck, on the side of the affected arm. “Beautiful. ” Radulovic walked around the table and gave Ivan a bone-cracking hug. “Next year, if you need some extra money, I will arrange for you to work as a teaching assistant in anatomy. ” Clearly, nationality didn’t matter. The audience applauded. Ivan thought he hadn’t done anything special, but the tension was such that after one student fainted and another took abuse, an A produced relief.
After all, she had a scientific streak in her, and she might not mind experiencing some pleasure for the sake of science. No, Selma was too much of a lady, and therefore he couldn’t ask her—or could he? He walked around the park, trying to draw pleasure from looking at huge oak trees. He enjoyed nature, and he enjoyed even more the idea that he enjoyed nature, while, in fact, staring at trees was a little too tranquilizing and after a while boring, although at that moment they were beautiful with all the rusty foliage.