The action of this intellectual drama takes place in the 1960s. Two young nuclear scientists – the possessed experimentator Gusev and the skeptical theoretician-physicist Kulikov – are old friends, both in love with the same girl, Lyolia. In the course of his scientific experiments, Gusev gets a possibly fatal dose of radiation. Despite the doctors’ warnings of life-threatening danger, the scientist wouldn’t stop his quest for the truth, although his days may be numbered… Starring in the principal roles were the most prominent Russian actors Innokenty Smoktunovsky and Alexei Batalov.
An obsessive word lover's account of reading the entire Oxford English Dictionary, hailed as "the Super Size Me of lexicography."