Eve's Tattooby Emily Prager
On her 40th birthday, Eve gets a tattoo of the number 500123 on her wrist, a copy of one Eve has seen on a nameless woman in a photograph taken at Auschwitz in 1944. A non-Jew's bizarre attempt to decipher the reasons for the Holocaust, Eve's tattoo becomes a stigma that will estrange her from her lover and the facile, fashionable world that was once her natural habitat. "Compassionate and informed."New York Times Book Review.
- Random House Publishing Group
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- 1st ed
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As a historical narrative, "Eve's Tattoo" proves itself as a witty collaboration of dark comedic satire and bittersweet romance that makes this read a delicious macabre treat. Emily Prager, in her self-acclaimed sophomore novel, beautifully highlights her uncanny ability to mesh the profound truths of the Holocaust with the richly idealistic vision present in her 1984 tale, "A Visit from the Footbinder". This spellbinding masterpiece readily displays Prager's wealth of knowledge regarding the topic through the main protagonist's journey for self-worth and intellectual discovery. Approached from a feministic vantage point, Eve, by the classic definition of a true heroine, resolves to commemorate an unnamed Auschwitz prisoner by replicating the young woman's identification number upon her wrist. As the story evolves, readers come to identify with Eve's mission of educating the citizens of New York about the horrors of the Third Reich, in which she tailors imaginative, yet factual accounts, a propos to the identity of the victim. It is this mission, however, that exposes Eve to not only wonderful discovery, but great heartache as she unravels the delicate tapestry of her closest relationships and delves deeper into her personal psyche. While the plot suffers a great deal from Prager's inability to develop the fundamental affairs that the book so wholly depends on, "Eve's Tattoo" represents a multi-tiered composition that will entrench readers in not only its historical accuracy, but the fluency with which it is written. Personally, I would award this book with a solid three star rating and recommend this as a must read for all those interested in a reflection of love, image, and lessons in history.