Vladimir Odoevsky: Zhivoi mertvets [The Live Corpse]

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Zhivoi mertvets [The Live Corpse], written in 1838 and dedicated to Countess Rostopchina, was first published in 1844. It has been described as “a striking tale of out-of-body experience, based ultimately this time on dream” (Neil Cornwell: Introduction to Salamander, 4), influencing Dostoevsky's later fantastic stories such as Bobok (1873) and, in particular, The Dream of a Ridiculous Man (1877). The last lines of The Live Corpse had in fact formed the epigraph to Dostoevsky's first work, Poor Folk (1846), and the theme, also present in Odoevsky's Kosmorama [The Cosmorama] and

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Sucur, Slobodan. "Zhivoi mertvets". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 May 2005
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