Reading this book is like being dragged through a hedge backwards with only the occasional landmark helping you work out where you are.
Once Anton becomes ill and is confined to hospital it becomes easier at least to place him and work out where his mind is wandering.
He seems to be trying to understand the deeper questions of what happened to the writer he had dedicated the last few years of his life studying. The power of the hunt for love and stability is something that has also started to consume Anton and is partly an explanation of why he is in hospital.
Final bit hopefully soon. this has bogged me down for weeks...