PUBLISHERS OF LITERARY FICTION SINCE 1983
Translator: Mike Mitchell
When Anton L. wakes up one morning and gradually discovers he is the only person left in the world, he accepts the situation with greater sang froid than most would. Survival presents no great problems: he moves into a hotel then into part of the royal palace, and dines on roast venison, chocolates and champagne. He is something of a shlemiel and his memories of people and places he knew generally end in minor disaster and lead to bizarre dreams and nightmares. Finding out about people who have volatilised (only their clothes are left) becomes a passion, especially when he finds himself in the trail of a group secretly searching for THE BOOK, a book that contains all knowledge, the world between two covers. He discovers it, reads it and...Has the world achieved its 'ultimate aim'?