The narrative traces the feverish trajectory of a writer who is compared to a black vulture whose scientific name is aegypius monachus - an endangered species. It is an impressive bird - ugly, frightening, funny, and monogamous, as it remains celibate when its companion dies.
Inspired by the Talmudic saying "what is to burn has already burnt," this writer is accountable to a poisoned love affair, wavering between a past he feels like his own skin and a hypnotic everyday reality. Yet above all he feeds on decomposing stories.
Michel Fais parodies his thematic obsessions and the narrative techniques he used in his earlier books, taking his writing to the limit. Yet the bottom line is that he is seeking ways to appease his fatal daemon - autobiography.