Want a good dose of sad family stories and sadder war stories? The Blindness of the Heart might just be the ticket. It’s full of careful dissections of private struggles with loss, mental illness, morphine addiction, and wife abuse (I told you it was sad) intermixed with the rise of antisemitism and financial crisis leading to WWII in Germany. Even the one sweet romance in the middle seems to revolve around high-minded discussions of philosophy and theology.
Yes, it’s a masterful story of war from inside Germany, but a small morsel of hope would be welcome.