Author: Francesca Melandri – Eva Sleeps Review written by WA.
Throughout the novel, most circumstances develop in context with their paternal origins – from the past love life of Eva’s grandfather to male members of the political establishment seeking to preserve Heimat traditions. What is most prominent about Eva is her willingness to accept Gerda for who she is and come to terms with various related inequities. She attempts to resolve these by reacquainting herself with the man she knew for only a brief period during her childhood as father. At the same time, the book’s recounting of historical events nearly causes Eva to exist as the least consequential character in the story.