"Unt's novel consists of the author's confessions, novel fragments, snatches of plays, comments on how to write a novel, poems, minutes of interrogations, letters, and quite a few quotes from popular classics. There are amusing adventures and pointless ratiocinations...The characters in the novel have strayed into a world where other people's words, cliched behavior, and serious scientific literature are jumbled up together. In its artistic radicalism, the novel is very modernist, while being very postmodern in its zest for irony. The ideas which drive the novel are primarily a fear of people and misanthropy, themes familiar from Unt's earlier works. Here again we have the criminals, farmers who set their dogs on those wandering through the night, arctic hysteria, and cannibalism."