ISBN 9781846552120,The Blind Side of the Heart

The Blind Side of the Heart

Author:

Julia Franck

Publisher:

Harvill Secker

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ISBN 9781846552120
Publisher

Harvill Secker

Publication Year 2009
ISBN-13

ISBN 9781846552120

ISBN-10 1846552125
Binding

Hard Back

Number of Pages 432 Pages
Language (English)
Subject

General & literary fiction

Amid the chaos of civilians fleeing West in a provincial German railway station in 1945 Helene has brought her seven-year-old son. Having survived with him through the horrors and deprivations of the war years, she abandons him on the station platform and never returns.

Many years earlier, Helene and her sister Martha's childhood in rural Germany is abruptly ended by the outbreak of the First World War. Her father, sent to the eastern front, comes home only to die. Their Jewish mother withdraws from the hostility of her surroundings into a state of mental confusion. Helene calls the condition blindness of the heart, and fears the growing coldness of her mother, who hardly seems to notice her daughters any more.

The Blind Side of the Heart tells of two World Wars, of hope, loneliness and love, and of a life lived in terrible times. It is a great family novel, a powerful portrayal of an era, and the story of a fascinating woman.
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