The Ballad of the Heart

Petra Hilbert

The text of this thin book flows like a slow river and its drawings engrave deep into heart.

A girl with her heart in her palms roams a landscape of dreams to find lost love and understanding. She leaves her half-wild parents, humming as she crosses forests and the marshlands of the Danube, that world of water and tall grasses, then through a birch grove, coming upon deer fleeing from hunters and a wounded fox, and finding under the sun, clouds, darkness and light, the realization of her dreams and hopes.

Petra Hilbert (1977 — 2017)