A multi-generational family story set in the Germany of the early twentieth century that reveals the devastating effect of war on the human heart.
Winner of the 2007 German Book Prize, Julia Franck's BLINDNESS OF THE HEART reaches English-language readers in a new translation by Anthea Bell. The story concerns the upheaval of German life as the country gets split into American and Soviet protectorates following World War II, but Franck thoroughly traces the traumas that afflict one family all the way through the strife of World War I and the interwar years. With their father killed in battle, the mother of two young girls begins to reject her circumstances and even neglects the welfare of her daughters.
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