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The Blind Side of the Heart by Julia Franck
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Feb 18, 12

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Read in January, 2012

A tough read. Helene abandons her son on the station platform in chapter one. The rest of the book leads up to this point, starting from her own childhood.
The blind side of the heart could apply to more than one person:- Helene's abandonement of her son, her own mother's emotional abandonment of Helene, the actions of some other characters or the State's abandonment and treatment of anyone not fitting the required Aryan profile.
Through Helene's daily life is seen the changing attitudes towards anyone without official papers proving Aryan blood: either through belief in the new ideology or fear.
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