A picture of a disintegrating world mirrored in the structure of the book which consists of a series of loosely linked sketches. An astronaut drifts through space - following the breakup of the USSR he has no country to bring him back to Earth. Other characters are all also adrift in different ways: a football referee, gangsters, an art critic and a police agent. The reader’s job is to piece together these fragments to make a coherent whole. A challenging and ambitious read which rewards close attention. Best read in a few long sessions.