By Josip Novakovich
Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 -- the auspicious starting of a lifestyles that would 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 profession brief and lands him in a infamous hard work 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 principles and loyalties shift without warning and unexpectedly. yet even in an international long gone mad, one plan of action continues to be eminently sane: survival. advised 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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