A Life You Can Buy

Commercial Fiction, Fiction

If you were given the chance to buy an entirely new life, would you go for it?

Clemens Freitag, disappointed by both his personal and professional life, does not hesitate to go for it. He orders a new life online and soon takes over the house, job, friends, and hobbies of a completely different man. This man lives in a village called Zaun in east Germany, and Freitag quickly settles down in this new environment. He can barely believe his luck – things are turning out even better than he’d expected. But, as time goes by, cracks begin to show in his newfound idyll, and dark secrets start to rise to the surface from the murky depths of the village … Buying yourself a new life is possible, yes, but the things you inherit from your predecessor are not always as they seem… 

With his incredibly lucid writing and fine eye for details, Tobias Sommer deftly turns a carefully-constructed idyll into a nightmare – and his hero into a grown up.

  • Tobias Sommer explores failure, adulthood and, above all, humanness – quirky and extraordinarily endearing
  • About small town life, secrets, and the search for identity 
Tobias Sommer
A Life You Can Buy

If you were given the chance to buy an entirely new life, would you go for it?

Clemens Freitag, disappointed by both his personal and professional life, does not hesitate to go for it. He orders a new life online and soon takes over the house, job, friends, and hobbies of a completely different man. This man lives in a village called Zaun in east Germany, and Freitag quickly settles down in this new environment. He can barely believe his luck – things are turning out even better than he’d expected. But, as time goes by, cracks begin to show in his newfound idyll, and dark secrets start to rise to the surface from the murky depths of the village … Buying yourself a new life is possible, yes, but the things you inherit from your predecessor are not always as they seem… 

With his incredibly lucid writing and fine eye for details, Tobias Sommer deftly turns a carefully-constructed idyll into a nightmare – and his hero into a grown up.

  • Tobias Sommer explores failure, adulthood and, above all, humanness – quirky and extraordinarily endearing
  • About small town life, secrets, and the search for identity 
Bibliographic Data
336 pages, ISBN: 978-3-423-28997-9
First published 2022