Asjkenazi is an unremarkable young man who grows up in a country town. After his studies he gets a job as an assistant civil servant of the Youth and Custody Department. After a night spent in stellar drunkenness, he takes a decision: he will become important. He dresses differently and behaves in a new proud manner, starts a complicated affair with two woman and develops a method to re-educate disadvantaged kids to respectable adults. This project is supposed to be the definite breakthrough to become a man of status. On the way up he spares no one.
With an ironic view and psychological insight Nol de Jong describes the life of a man who wants to fly but eventually crashes. 'The disastrous length of Philip Asjkenazi' is a thrilling, at times macabre, novel on how far a person will go to reach their goal.
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