【中文影印版，文字效果一般】This is a slim volume, only about 200 pages long, yet the story is gripping, wicked and strange.
The narrator is Alfred Jones, a relatively ordinary person. He works as a translator for a large chocolate company in Switzerland. He is in his 50s, a widower, and lost his left hand while working as a fireman during the London fire.
The story is about Dr. Fischer, a self-made man after inventing a perfumed toothpaste, and his famous and most-talked about dinner parties. Dr. Fischer is also Jones’ father-in-law, since Jones met and married his estranged daughter, the young Anna-Luise.