Heaven Has No Favorites (German: Der Himmel kennt keine Günstlinge) is a novel by the German writer Erich Maria Remarque. This novel is a story about passion and love, set in 1948 with a background of automobile racing. Inspired by racing driver Alfonso de Portago. The novel was serialized in the Hamburg magazine Kristall in 1959 under the title Borrowed Life (German: Geborgtes Leben), and first published in book form in 1961.
In the early 1950s, automobile racer Clerfayt visits a fellow racer in a Swiss sanatorium, who has tuberculosis. There he meets Lilian who is seriously ill. Having been contemptuous of the sanatorium’s monotonous life, strict discipline, and boredom for years, she takes the opportunity to flee with Clerfayt. The only thing that unites the two is having no future: Clerfayt only lives from race to race, each time hardly escaping death, and Lilian’s life is endangered by tuberculosis every second. They spend their short-lived lives in Paris, Rome, and Monte Carlo.