The subtitle of the book is: A Correspondence About Episodic Situations And Scenes, Moments, Memories, Beginnings, Means and Ends; Seaside Cliffs, Waves and Torrents, Hoards, Dumping Grounds, Pataphysical and Other Machines.
The book presents a collection of letters whose authors explore episodic situations – peculiar elements of the human experience, which are inherent in our everyday life and with whose anatomy, nevertheless, we rarely deal with. During their research, the authors relied on a number of examples of such situations from their own experiences as well as from literary fiction. The situation that inspired the title of this book is taken from The Book of One Thousand and One Nights and sees Sinbad The Porter enter the Baghdad house of Sinbad the Sailor in an amazement with what he encounters there. This is already the second book with epistolary discussions between both of these authors – in the first one they dealt with their nocturnal dreaming experiences (M. Ajvaz and I. M. Havel: Snování. Rok dopisů o snech, Warping: A Year of Letters About Dreams).