A brilliant book. Based on the death of Dostoevsky's step-son in a odd falling accident at the age of 23. The novel examines his complex feelinsg as Dostoevsky returns to Saint Petersburg to grieve and resolve his step-son death. But there is no resolution here. Instead, we have a heart-wrenching look at the great Russian author and a mystery that only deepens the sorrow. This can be a difficult book for some. Each time is is a possible resolution we only receive more questions. This can be easily considered an existential novel and should be seen as such.