The novel tells the story of a middle-class UNESCO engineer called Walter Faber, who believes in rational, calculated world.
Strange events undermine his security - an emergency landing in a Mexican desert against all odds, his friend Joachim hangs himself in the Mexican jungle, and he falls in love with a woman who dies of a concussion, he has an incestuous affair.
Finally Faber becomes ill with stomach cancer, but it is too late for him to change his life.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/11/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141188669