Vladimir Odoevsky: Kniazhna Mimi [Princess Mimi]

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Odoevsky’s work of the 1830s contains much with a society-tale setting, including the frame-tale elements of both his completed cycles, Pestrye skazki [Variegated Tales, 1833] and his much better known magnum opus, Russkie nochi [Russian Nights, 1844]. Such a setting can embrace either the familiar high-society social world (the bol’shoi svet: of which, coming from his own princely lineage, he had abundant experience), or a more restricted depiction of the idealistic intelligentsia. In addition, many of his more Gothic or fantastic stories are set in the contemporary, or near-contemporary haut monde. For that matter,…

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Cornwell, Neil. "Kniazhna Mimi". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 November 2009
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