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Adolf in Eva

Adolf and Eva

History tends to repeat itself the first time as tragedy and the second time as farce. But what happens when it happens for the third time?

Year of publication: 2022
No. of pages: 184
Dimensions: 13 × 20 cm

A neat block of flats, balconies full of flowers. Mown lawns, flowering shrubs, sated and content pensioners strolling amidst the benches. The scene is idyllic only in appearance, because in the stuffy living room of the sleeping settlement – hate propaganda would say that it is “typical social housing” – old acquaintances of history are hiding: the hundred-year-old bluffer, loser and slacker Adolf Hitler, also known as Dolfi, his ( almost) beloved and (consistently blonde) dyed Eva and a bunch of their (not quite) loyal sidekicks Joseph and Magda Goebbels and Hermann Göring, who pass the time in the nearby Leni Riefenstahl bar.
As if the war had never happened, as if history had passed by them unnoticed, so that now they live stuck in a time loop like this (which is certainly Eva’s fault, who else!).
They hatch conspiracies, jump over fences, but above all, they repeatedly bump into the biggest obstacle to their conquering ambitions, a mysterious neighbor, an immigrant from a suspicious Balkan country…
At the same time, they turn the pages of their fictitious lives over and over again, gracefully (with occasional stumbles) like young ladies and aged gentlemen from an operetta.

Lucija Stepančič (foto: Boštjan Pucelj)

Lucija Stepančič

A restorer and an awarded literary critic, Lucija Stepančič is the author of several children’s books and co-author of graphic novels. Her short-story collections What a jerk (2008) and Tramvajkomanda were shortlisted fot the Fabula Award and the Novo Mesto Award. Her novel Thursday at Six (2011) was shortlisted for the Kresnik Award. In 2020, she published the novel Wake me up, Someone, shortlisted for the Cankar Award and the Critics’ Sieve Award.