By Josip Novakovich
Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 -- the auspicious starting of a existence that might be derailed through backfiring sturdy intentions in a global 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 conflict, Ivan is drafted into the incorrect military, turning into a pawn in an absurd clash within which the foundations and loyalties shift by surprise and all of sudden. yet even in an international long gone 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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So, it wasn’t lipstick but good blood circulation that made them so red. ” They walked to a snack bar, had burek (cottage cheese wrapped in thin sheets of oily sourdough), and when it grew dark, they were back in the park. “I like doctors,” she said. ” She stood up and undressed swiftly right in front of him. The full moon was out, so he could see the outline of her body very well. She turned around, displaying her supple waist and small, pointed breasts. It was charming how proud she was of her body, and it was amazingly shapely.
Physics and organic chemistry did not intimidate the roommates, but the vast Latinized anatomical descriptions did, especially because their professor was an imposing figure—tall, with a strong jaw, a resonant bass voice, and a constant frown. Besides being the professor of anatomy, he worked as a brain surgeon. He seemed to despise all the students. He was a Montenegrin Serb. Jovo said to Ivan: “He’ll fail you. I am sure he’s allergic to Croats. ” A dozen assistant professors ran the anatomy practicum and conducted the six colloquial exams.
After following them for a while in sheer fascination, Ivan walked back to the dorm. He and Jovo opened their Russian anatomy atlases and climbed over the hills into the valleys, streams, forests, lakes, icebergs, rocks, cliffs, and bogs of the human body, but they found no carnal knowledge there. At midnight, Big Brother and Aldo showed up with a girl of slight build. “Comrades! This is the fair maiden I recited poetry about. ” The girl vanished under the covers with Big Brother. You could not be sure there was anything there except a wrinkle in 38 Josip Novakovich the blankets.