Vladimir Odoevsky: Salamandra [The Salamander]

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Salamandra [The Salamander, 1841] is, in length, more novella than short story. It has, as Neil Cornwell says, “a curious bi-partite structure, termed by Odoevsky a ‘dilogy’ (as compared to the more common ‘trilogy’ form)” (Introduction: The Salamander, 6). The first part, entitled “Iuzhnyi bereg Finliandii v nachale XVIII stoletiia” [“The Southern Shore of Finland at the Beginning of the Eighteenth Century”], dedicated to Countess Emilia Musina-Pushkina, was published separately and overlaps with the historical novel genre, drawing heavily too on Finnish folklore. The second part, now called “El’sa” [“Elsa”], dedicated to Count V.A. …

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Citation:
Sucur, Slobodan. "Salamandra". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 02 March 2005
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