Ysbrand, a single musician, hears from his doctor he will almost certainly die within half a year. He finishes what needs to be finished and consents with his fate, but then he recovers miraculously from his illness. It seems he has been given a second chance. This causes much confusion, and in a sudden fit of melancholy he decides to try and find his first love - he knows she's dead, but why not try to find a woman who resembles her enough?
Of course this search, that brings him all the way to Mexico, is a disaster waiting to happen. Detached from his past and without a clue what he should do with his future, Ysbrand's journey ends in the transit zone of an international airport. All sorts of people, from a priest and a doctor to an official of the Dutch embassy, try to take care of the airport sleeper, but without result: slowly but inevitably Ysbrand disappears into an abyss of memories.
A literary and philosophical novel, full of beautiful, musical sentences that you want to read over and over again.
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