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The Blind Side of the Heart

(2009)
(The Blindness of the Heart)
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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. In the early 1920s, after their father's death, she and Martha move to Berlin. Helene falls in love with Carl, but when he dies just before their engagement, life becomes meaningless for her and she takes refuge in her work as a nurse. At a party she meets Wilhelm, an ambitious civil engineer who wants to build motorways for the Reich and to make Helene his wife. Their marriage, which soon proves disastrous, takes Helene to Stettin, where her son is born. She finds the love and closeness demanded by the little boy more than she can provide, and soon she cannot shake off the idea of simply disappearing. Finally she comes to a shocking decision. 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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Hardback Editions

April 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: The Blindness of the Heart (Thorndike Press Large Print Core Series)
Author(s): Julia Franck
ISBN: 1-4104-3639-X / 978-1-4104-3639-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2010 : USA Hardback
Title: Blindness of the Heart: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Franck
ISBN: 0-8021-1967-0 / 978-0-8021-1967-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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June 2009 : UK Hardback
Title: The Blind Side of the Heart
Author(s): Julia Franck
ISBN: 1-84655-212-5 / 978-1-84655-212-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

May 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: The Blindness of the Heart: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Franck
ISBN: 0-8021-4549-3 / 978-0-8021-4549-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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January 2010 : UK Paperback
Title: The Blind Side of the Heart
Author(s): Julia Franck
ISBN: 0-09-952423-6 / 978-0-09-952423-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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Kindle Editions

October 2010 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Blindness of the Heart: A Novel
Author(s): Julia Franck
Publisher: Grove Press
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October 2009 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Blind Side of the Heart
Author(s): Julia Franck
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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