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The great humorist gained well-deserved fame and respect in the circles of eminent writers, having published this autobiographical novel. The work became evidence to the public of the writer's seriousness, his ability to disclose the true and pressing problems of society, without changing his usual manner of writing with irony and sarcasm. He was able to delicately reveal the sincere grief that befell him in the past.
The young hero of the novel named Paul lives a carefree comfortable life. Family comfort and genuine comfort is provided by well-off parents. The death of close people overnight destroys his harmonious world and causes the young man to make a serious choice - to reject the prejudices of society and by his own efforts to achieve success in life, or to live a miserable wretched life, adapting to circumstances. Paul follows the path of endless obstacles, often violating all gentlemanly principles. Fear of the future fulfills his heart with chronic anxiety, a sense of loneliness and longing. Naivety is replaced by courage, he smiles luck.