The novel is speaking on behalf of a mature man who thought he was smarter than his wife, colleagues and his destiny. The aging intellectual Gleb Veretinsky reminds us of Humbert from Lolita: he is pedantically elegant, intelligent and educated, but he is a complete failure in his personal life. He is a lecturer at Kazan University, who explores the lyrics of the Silver Age and the literary avant-garde. Like many intellectuals, he feels guilty about what is happening around him, but as a typical obsessive neurotic, he is drowned in burdensome attachments and, time after time, assumes responsibility that he cannot cope with. He lost all his feelings to his wife, and the young girls, though they like him, are all dead from the neck up. Art can be a remedy. Otherwise everything you loved will turn to anger. And in the end, the main character feels nothing but anger, which, as psychologists say, denote your powerlessness. The novel is written with a ruthless and acute pen, representing the most honest mirror young authors place to reflect the times we live in.