Pablo, a successful architect, is told by a stranger that he has a week to live. Is there anything he can do to save himself?
Pablo is a middle aged man, co-owner of a very successful architect's firm. His life is essentially unremarkable and, as such, he is the ultimate realist. Because of this, he suffers absolutely no delusions of who he is and what he can achieve, paradoxically dismissing his own professional achievements as nothing untoward. He is single, unromantic, and – crucially – never predisposed to bouts of dreaming and false hopes.
One night he is visited by a stranger who tells him that he has a week to live. Pablo, both shocked and bemused by this revelation , asks the man what he can do to change his fate. The stranger tells him he must follow his dreams, a seemingly impossible task for Pablo as he doesn’t harbour any.
So, can Pablo discover the key to his dreams in the subsequent week in order to save himself?
This novel attempts to look at the human condition from (I hope!) a humourous perspective, examining the reasons why harbouring illusions and dreams are so very necessary in enabling us to continue in our day-to-day, often humdrum, lives.