(From the publisher):
He looked at the lamp which filled the room with its dim light, and his bedside table ebside the lamp, and he looked at the alarm clock on the surface of the table. Pohanka felt a sudden urge to smash the clock to the ground. But what would that achieve? He would still wake up the next morning at exactly the right time, even without the alarm. He would go to the office again, everything as usual, everything as usual.
A successful engineering career, a wife, three children, a little holiday house out on the outskirts of Vienna beside the Old Danube... Albert Pohanka ought to be happy. Instead he is on the brink of despair. Alienated from his family by the demands of his job but gripped by his duty to provide, he sees his life disintegrating around him.
The sudden arrival of a young, red-haired engineering assistant forces him to re-examine the foundations of his clockwork existence and make a choice: to live out the rest of his life as a programmed automaton or become a human being once again.
Original title: Jahr und Tag Pohanka
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Midlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics