He did not rot, he did not go crazy. He translated Gone With The Wind.
Using smoothed 3000 sheets cigarette foil for paper and reading the smuggled in book for an hour at a time ( the book was shared by 350 men) he took two years to complete.
Folded and put back into cigarette boxes of released prisoners to take them out of prison- he had to spend another two years of travel and inquiry before gathering all 3000 sheets. Finally he was able to publish the translation that Ethiopians read today.