A delightful novel in myriad ways but none more than in the feast of language it offers us and a heroine who is both guileless and irresistible. In this fictional rendering of the life of poet and performance artist Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven, René Steinke has resurrected a remarkable woman and her times with vivid, sensual detail. She also unflinchingly addresses the questions: How is art made? At what cost? Why does it matter? Her explorations go to the heart of feminism and modernity.