Samson is a middle-aged pilot with a sensitive soul and a thoughtful disposition. After his air force training he serves on intercontinental flights, living a complicated life dictated by routine. Through him we make the acquaintance of the special conditions and professional experiences of an aeroplane captain.
Philosophical, amusing - often erotic - this book combines present and past, and the picture emerges of a rather ordinary yet paradoxically unusual man. We are drawn into the ever greater strains of his private life: divorce, illness, his best friend´s tragic fate, middle-age depressions, accelerating physical degeneration and desperate sexuality. The author manages to chisel distinct, timeless situations out of the aeroplane captain´s stop-overs in life.
Samson is an existential novel whose morally conscious line of argument is given firm contours in an exciting atmosphere described in a mature literary presentation.
Torkel Wächter, born 1961, makes his debut with this novel. He has served more than twelve years as a first officer on Scandinavian Airlies, SAS. He has an M.A. in economic history and has written articles for several magazines.