The talented surgeon Henrik Wold has organized his life around his career and is now aiming for the department’s chief position. Life is quite simple for Henrik – until a young patient develops inexplicable complications after a standard procedure. For the first time in his professional life, he feels insecure, and the pressure evolves around him, both at work and at home. What happens when someone who pictures himself as invincible makes a mistake? What is revealed when the façade starts to crack? When does the surgeon’s pragmatic cynicism turn into destructiveness? And what is a human life worth?
With a brilliant take on human psychology, and a trained eye for comic interactions, Ida Hegazi Høyer takes us along on a two-week downhill journey in Henrik Wold’s life.
Nominated for the Listeners’ Novel Prize 2022
'A razor-sharp portrait of a young surgeon’s crushing fall.'
'Hardly have I seen weirder, more delicious sentences on a book page this past year.'
'… teeming with phrases so precise that they shine like bright steel.'
'A highlight this year.'