This novel was written in New York between 1984 and 1986. After having failed at various jobs, Juan finds a place as a doorman in a Manhattan skyscraper. He will meet an extravagant gallery of characters, including: Roy Friedman, sixty-five and obsessed with giving out candy to everybody; Brenda Hill, a somewhat off woman, single and slightly alcoholic; Arthur Makadam, an aging and impotent ladies' man; Casandra Levinson, who does not cease to make propaganda in favor of Castro while enjoying the Capitalist comforts; the Oscar Times couple, both gay and so physically and morally similar that they seem to be only one person; Walter Skirius, the scientist obsessed with artificial implants... In the end, Juan will only come to understand the neighbors' pets and, with them, will part on a trip with no return.
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