April Fool's Day: A Novel

April Fool's Day: A Novel

by Josip Novakovich


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Ivan Dolinar is born in Tito's Yugoslavia on April Fool's Day, 1948 — the auspicious beginning of a life that will be derailed by backfiring good intentions in a world of propaganda and paranoia. At age nineteen, an innocent prank cuts the young Croatian's budding medical career short and lands him in a notorious labor camp. Released on the eve of civil war, Ivan is drafted into the wrong army, becoming a pawn in an absurd conflict in which the rules and loyalties shift abruptly and without warning. But even in a world gone mad, one course of action remains eminently sane: survival.

Told with bitingly dark humor and a deep tenderness, April Fool's Day is both a devastating political satire and a razor-sharp parody of war.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060583989
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/14/2006
Series: P.S. Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 764,106
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Josip Novakovich's stories have appeared in many publications, including The Paris Review, TriQuarterly, and Ploughshares. He teaches at Pennsylvania State University and lives near State College, Pennsylvania.

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