Original title: Chirurg
In the operating theatre and beyond, it is sometimes difficult to tell who is playing what game, who wins and who loses, and where the next path will lead.
“I can’t do right for doing wrong. My life has broken in two and I’ve no lifeline left to cling to,” muses Dr Hynek Grábl, a hospital surgeon in the borderlands, who is losing hope of ever getting his life back on track.
Grábl’s career as an elite surgeon at a Prague clinic was ended by an alcohol-fuelled disaster, the consequences of which are borne by his disgruntled wife and teenage children as well as by himself. Not only is his life in bad shape, so are his finances. All the symptoms of a mid-life crisis seem to be heading Grábl’s way, and the rollercoaster ride by which he swerves from its path often ends in a hangover. What could possibly help him? His beloved profession? A lover? An interesting new opening with the promise of career growth?
All Hynek G. can do is trust that he will not sink to the very bottom.