Vladimir Odoevsky: Kosmorama [The Cosmorama]

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Kosmorama [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).…

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Sucur, Slobodan. "Kosmorama". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 03 February 2005
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