Many of the stories in Judith Hermann's acclaimed collection of short stories entitled Nichts als Gespenster (Nothing But Ghosts), depict characters adrift and loveless in a global world that effectively neutralizes their sense of self and their collective sense of nationality and culture. While the themes of existential ennui, longing, desire, and the search for identity are not new in literature, Hermann's stories, seen through the lens of ambient romanticism and identity tourism, reveal new and unsettling aspects of these themes as they relate to the phenomenon of globalization.