This first novel of Germany’s most celebrated contemporary playwright is written in prose of tremendous power and precision. Shortly after dawn, a wolf crosses the border between Poland and Germany. His trail leads all the way to Berlin, connecting the lives of disparate individuals whose paths intersect and diverge. Experiences and encounters flicker past with a raw, visual power, like frames in a black and white film. “A magnificent achievement, a novel of terrific originality” and a mesmeric way to end our Reading Group’s year.