"Already hailed as a Cold War classic". (Boyd Tonkin, Independent Books of the Year). "Utterly absorbing, funny and humane. A romp through a twisted century in the heart of Europe". (Anna Funder, author of Stasiland). It is an international bestseller and Winner of the German Book Prize. It is a sweeping story of one family over four generations in East Germany: the intertwining of love, life and politics under the GDR regime.