By Julia Franck
Amid the chaos of civilians fleeing West in a provincial German railway station in 1945 Helene has introduced her seven-year-old son. Having survived with him throughout the horrors and deprivations of the battle years, she abandons him at the station platform and not returns. decades previous, Helene and her sister Martha's formative years in rural Germany is all of sudden ended by means of the outbreak of the 1st international struggle. Her father, despatched to the japanese entrance, comes domestic basically to die. Their Jewish mom withdraws from the hostility of her atmosphere right into a country of psychological confusion. Helene calls the situation blindness of the center, and fears the growing to be coldness of her mom, who not often turns out to note her daughters from now on. within the early Twenties, after their father's dying, she and Martha flow to Berlin.Helene falls in love with Carl, but if he dies prior to their engagement, existence turns into meaningless for her and he or she takes safe haven in her paintings as a nurse. At a celebration she meets Wilhelm, an formidable civil engineer who desires to construct motorways for the Reich and to make Helene his spouse. Their marriage, which quickly proves disastrous, takes Helene to Stettin, the place her son is born. She unearths the affection and closeness demanded by way of the little boy greater than she will supply, and shortly she can't shake off the assumption of easily disappearing. eventually, she involves a stunning selection. "The Blind facet of the Heart" tells of 2 international Wars, of wish, loneliness and love, and of a existence lived in negative occasions. it's a nice relatives novel, a robust portrayal of an period, and the tale of a desirable lady.