When Tomas Sala finds himself alone one night with an aching nostalgia and a steady supply of booze, he begins to re-evalue his life, a catharsis which makes him aware there is something vital that he must do...although he's not exactly sure what. His review is a blackly humorous journey into the past that sets out a path to both action - long overdue - and, ultimately, his salvation.
Tomas Sala designs his dream project,'The Palace of Democracy' Unfortunately, what was conceived as an absurd, fun collection of multiple styles and concepts is actually commissioned to be built. The flip side to this massive success in his work is the total disintegration of pretty much everything in his personal life, as friends, family and everyone dear to him fade away. The palace project goes ahead, as the city itself disintegrates and rots all around it - Complex and poetic, with hints of Vonnegut-esque metaphors and analysis, this was a great read that I will recommend to friends and family.
A young Tomas meets a Turk who tells him there are just two rules in life to follow, and there lies this fascinating, hugely readable story.
Kept me awake long after I knew I should've been sleeping. Fantastic stuff!!!!