In his long-awaited new novel, renowned German author Ingo Schulze provides a rich and nuanced panorama of a world in transition. East Germany, January 1990. Enrico Türmer-man of the theater, aspiring novelist-has turned his back on the art world and joined a startup newspaper. Before long, the former aesthete and rebel becomes obsessed with personal gain, and in a series of letters to his sister, a friend, and a would-be lover, Enrico vividly muses on his capitalist ventures and latent worldly ambitions. As Schulze peels away the layers of Enrico's previous existence, his antihero's reinvention comes to embody all the questionable aspects not only of life in the old Germany, but of life in the Germany just taking form.