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April Fools Day Josip Novakovich

April Fools Day

Josip Novakovich

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ISBN : 9780641968471
Paperback
256 pages
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Ivan Dolinar is a man caught in the crosscurrents of senseless wars, ridiculous dictators, and the usual and unusual difficulties of just trying to get by in the Balkans. His life begins, auspiciously, on April Fools Day, 1948. As a boy growing upMoreIvan Dolinar is a man caught in the crosscurrents of senseless wars, ridiculous dictators, and the usual and unusual difficulties of just trying to get by in the Balkans. His life begins, auspiciously, on April Fools Day, 1948. As a boy growing up in a small town in Croatia, Ivan tries to love the peoples dictator, Tito, but his love is not returned. In a world of propaganda and paranoia, young Ivan quickly discovers the best of intentions can backfire. At nineteen, full of hope and ambition, he enters medical school in Nova Sad, Serbia, but his medical career is cut short by a prank, and he is sent to a notorious labor camp to dig rocks for two years. War breaks out soon after his release, and Ivan is drafted - into the wrong army. A pawn in an absurd conflict in which rules and loyalties shift unexpectedly, Ivan finds himself in a struggle simply to survive. From the tavern to the ivory tower to the battlefields, as Ivans fortunes rise and fall faster than one can say Yugoslavia, a tender novel emerges. Told with dark humor ofttimes used to keep despair at bay, April Fools Day is both a political satire and parody of war.