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 may be derailed via backfiring reliable intentions in an international 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 warfare, Ivan is drafted into the inaccurate military, turning into a pawn in an absurd clash within which the foundations and loyalties shift suddenly 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 warfare.

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Only occasionally could he get a moment in the shade of a rock. His supervisors kicked him, spat on him, and broke his nose twice. He grew even thinner and more nervous than before. Sometimes the prisoners ate salty sardines for a whole week. The salt made Ivan terribly thirsty, and he never got enough water during the work hours. He suffered headaches, and several times, when he passed out from heat strokes, the image of Selma’s shiny lips flashed through his mind. They ate hot cereal made out of whole wheat that was literally whole and slightly boiled.

He was particularly interested in the various interconnections among the nerves, such as between the pubic area and the inner thigh. It seemed that there was a direct connection between the two, and thus, if you touched a woman’s inner thigh, her genitals might receive some of the stimulus immediately, without the impulse first having to go up the spine and back to the pubic area. The inner thigh must be a highly erogenous zone, judging by that. He was April Fool’s Day 39 eager to substantiate his theory, but he didn’t have a girlfriend, and he couldn’t just walk up to a woman and ask her whether she’d like to participate in a pleasant experiment.

The following week, Ivan couldn’t concentrate. Whenever a pretty woman passed by, he was wistful; why did female beauty distract him? What good was sex to him—he had no access to it, and yet it had full sway over him. He decided to shake off such lack of self-control—he would study with concentration. He went to the park to oxygenate his brain and to read up on the anatomy of the nervous system. He was particularly interested in the various interconnections among the nerves, such as between the pubic area and the inner thigh.

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