Vladimir Odoevsky, Kosmorama [The Cosmorama]

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The Cosmorama

, dated 1839] has been described by P.N. Sakulin as “one of the best of Odoevsky’s mystical stories”, and by Jo Ann Hopkins Linburn as “a Faustian drama of divine and infernal powers struggling for the hero’s soul”. Neil Cornwell calls it “Odoevsky’s most fully blown romantic tale”, which “includes as full a gamut of occult and Gothic paraphernalia as may be encountered in any work of Russian romanticism”, though “accompanied with a slight edge of undercutting irony” (Introduction to

The Salamander

, 5). It is a story with many unanswered questions (perhaps in part a result of the fact that a promised sequel never materialised). Although it has been read as imitative of German (Hoffmannesque) Romanticism, it can also – or perhaps more…

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Citation: Sucur, Slobodan. "Kosmorama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2005 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16242, accessed 22 June 2024.]

16242 Kosmorama 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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