For Christoph Hein civilized society is a society which blocks many issues out. The individuals who accept such state of affairs are doing quite well. The price they pay for this emotional self-mutilation, however, is extremely high, and the use of freedom is always connected with its misuse. In his novels Hein sketches the process of erosion, which has started to seize the laws of the Western civilization. Hein does not always refer to Germany and the discussion on the topic of Germans from the East and those form the West; he is much more interested in the flaws in the picture of the whole Western civilization.