Dr Lenz Buchmann is a surgeon so clinically distant, cold and carelessly cruel as to be sociopathic. He realises that his profession is no longer enough to contain his massive self-regard and desire to control everything and everyone, so he downs scalpel and embarks on a rapid ascent to the peaks of the ruling political party. And just when he is tantalisingly close to his goal, he is struck down, rapidly and cruelly, by illness. He must learn to adapt to the accumulating ironies of this karma.
The author, Goncalo Tavares, is a critically acclaimed young Portugese author whose books are just beginning to be translated into English.