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by Josip Novakovich

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Josip Novakovich
Gardners Books (July 31, 2005)
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April Fool's Day. 264 printed pages. 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.

April Fool's Day book. Overall, Josip Novakovich writes with a fantastically dark humor that occasionally is too dark to feel comfortable laughing at. I really liked the bulk of 'April Fool's Day' but there were some parts that felt a bit like they dragged as well.

Born, appropriately, on April Fool's Day, 1948, Ivan immediately comes alive for the reader through the author's recognition of the universal qualities of children. In many ways Ivan is a child-Everyman, albeit one with a Croatian upbringing.

April Fool's Day: A Novel. 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. Read on the Scribd mobile app. Download the free Scribd mobile app to read anytime, anywhere.

Hoo boy, do I love to come across a book that grabs me from the first page and will not let me go until I read the last word. April Fool's Day is such a book. For those who love evocative, creative prose, Josip Novakovich will provide six hours of incredible literature. I found myself looking at the frontispiece every now and then for the first twenty or thirty pages, looking for the name of the translator. There is none: it's written in English.

Josip Novakovich (Croatian: Novaković) is a Croatian Canadian writer. 1 Early life and education. Novakovich has published a novel (April Fool's Day), four short story collections (Yolk, Salvation and Other Disasters, Infidelities: Stories of War and Lust, Tumbleweed), four collections of narrative essays (Apricots from Chernobyl, Plum Brandy: Croatian Journey, Three Deaths, and Shopping for a Better Country); and two textbooks (Writing Fiction Step by Step, Fiction Writer's Workshop). and hundreds of short stories and essays.

April Fool's Day. by Josip Novakovich

April Fool's Day. by Josip Novakovich.

Tibor Fischer delights in Josip Novakovich's April Fool's Day, an epic tale that skilfully draws on Yugoslav history

Tibor Fischer delights in Josip Novakovich's April Fool's Day, an epic tale that skilfully draws on Yugoslav history. This is the first novel by the 48-year-old ican Josip Novakovich, the author of several short-story and non-fiction collections; its remarkable density is perhaps partly explained by Novakovich's circumspection in approaching the novel form. by. Josip Novakovich. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

  • April Fool's Day is a unique and poignant tale about a man encountering mind-altering obstacles in his pursuit of high-minded ideals. Told with the bold and evocative imagery of Bulgakov's "The Master and Margarita" and the character arch of Coelho's "The Alchemist," it's as deserving to be deemed a classic. Novakovich starts with this idealistic man's birth; his name is Ivan Dolinar, and his journey moves with the speed of an artfully shot skipping stone, touching down on his experiences in love and politics and not stopping until, with some luck, he crawls out of his own coffin.

    Throughout each phase in life, Novakovich juxtaposes Ivan's wants with what he gets, and he does it with a sense of humor that is seeped in truth. Ivan is a man's man with a hero's will to survive and live honorably - most of the time. He has his share of fears and 'cronic' shame. In his later years an esophoric case of hypochondria leaves him paralyzed, or just really lazy. You love Ivan the way you might love your husband or old man on the crapper staring dumbly off into space. You put the book down, dry your eyes from laughing, and see the sadness in it all and realize you're deeply moved. April Fool's Day is a profoundly touching read.

  • This is a quirky story. As I read, there were times I wondered "What is it about?" "What is Novakovich trying to say?" which sometimes made me question why I was reading it. But then I'd read on because it is a compelling mix of pathos and absurdity. By the end it had come together for me, after a twist I wasn't expecting (because I didn't read or remember the blurbs). Ultimately it has left me with a few things to ponder when I'm in a philosophical mood.

  • Fooled again by positive reviews.

  • Couldn't read it just not my kind of book Not well written enough to sift through the violence To be fair I didn't get far
    To be honest I finish 99 of 100

  • This book was very funny, and I really enjoyed the ambiguity throughout. A major theme is the lack of real differentiation between cultures and ethnicities, so I really liked Novakovich's approach. This is a well-written, compelling novel from a talented author, and I look forward to reading more of his work in future.

  • Well written, historically informative with a bit of dark humor.

  • Croatian author Josip Novakovich's novel bursts the bounds of genre. Both naturalistic in its depiction of the Yugoslavian war and its atrocities, and fantastic and darkly absurd in its depiction of the life of main character Ivan Dolinar, the novel seesaws between the horrific and the hilarious. Surprising in his ability to wrest unique images from universal experiences, Novakovich writes with such clarity and directness that the reader immediately identifies with Ivan and empathizes with him as uncontrollable forces buffet him throughout his life.

    Born, appropriately, on April Fool's Day, 1948, Ivan immediately comes alive for the reader through the author's recognition of the universal qualities of children. In many ways Ivan is a child-Everyman, albeit one with a Croatian upbringing. At nineteen, he passes the exams for medical school, where he forms fast friendships, tries to fall in love, and excels in anatomy--until he and a roommate are overheard joking about assassinating Marshall Tito, a conversation which results in a four-year sentence to a prison labor camp, where, absurdly, he has a cigar with Marshall Tito.

    As Ivan becomes more and more a prisoner of his political system, the sense of absurdity grows. Eventually, thanks to nationwide unrest, Ivan, a Croat, is drafted into the Yugoslav army and, absurdly, sent to Croatia to fight the Croatian army, only to be captured by the Croats and forced to fight the Serbs until his unit surrenders to the Yugoslav Army which drafted him in the first place. Forced to make a 100-mile march, the end of which would be freedom for anyone who survived, Ivan observes atrocities beyond his imaginings.

    In the second half, his eventual marriage, fatherhood, employment, and decision to engage in "preemptive adultery" lead to further absurdities (and some long-standing enmities) as he ages into his fifties. Having studied philosophy, Ivan continues to look for meaning in life, often engaging in personal religious debates as he searches for "a chance to think something essential," something which would "give him the sensation of being alive."

    The conclusion is a blockbuster, sixty pages of the most absurd, farcical, and hilariously ironic writing in recent memory, a section which comes close to slapstick at the same time that it is indescribably bleak. Mining the emotions of both comedy and tragedy, the ending transcends the boundaries of realism. Novakovich writes a testament to the absurd, creating a satire/farce which features a main character whose wasted life comes as close to tragedy as anything the Greeks imagined. Mary Whipple

  • I read this book because I attended a writing workshop Josip Novakovich gave in Denver. The day was inspiring. Novakovich works and thinks at a high level and that comes through in "April Fool's Day." I happened to attend the workshop before I knew Novakovich was from Croatia. Coincidentally, I was heading to Croatia for a family vacation (first trip there) just a few weeks after the workshop. Since this book is set in the area, I waited until I was en route to begin reading it. In any setting, this book is a classic. Every page comes alive. There is terrific imagery and writing throughout. Ivan Dolinar is a bit of ping-pong ball of a character. He is bounced around by other's and doesn't take charge of himself until the end. But he is an endearing, thoughtful and entirely human character who grows and learns at every turn. Sample of prose: "The clouds grumbled, cleared their throats, but did not spit out a drop of rain. They gathered low, furrowed, like Stalin's eyebrows, trapping heat and moisture, making the air musty. In the morning Ivan sweated profusely, salt from his forehead sliding into his eyes and biting them as though they were open wounds, and that they were, with dust specks, gnats, sand, grating them almost as much as did the sight of his colleagues collapsing, with Chetniks crushing their heads with the wood of rifles, brains flowing out like borscht." The ending is a brilliant riff on life, death, God and ghosts, among the best 10 or 15 pages I've ever read. I'll keep this book handy as inspiration for a long, long time. By the way, my wife read it on the Croatia trip and loved it, too.