From the hairdessing salon where an old man measures out his life
in haircuts, to the concert hall where a music lover carries out an
obsessive campaign against those who cough in concerts; from the
woman who reads elaborate recipes to her sick husband as a
substitute for sex, to the woman 'incarcerated' in an old people's
home beginning a correspondence with an author that enriches both
their lives - all Barnes' characters, in their different ways,
square up to death and rage against the dying light.