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By Vladimir Odoevsky

The Salamander and different Gothic stories includes 8 tales by means of Vladimir Odoevsky (1804-69). those contain The Salamander, The Cosmorama, and The Sylph, Odoevsky's 3 major metaphysical stories. the gathering as a complete represents the superior of Russian Romantic fiction from the 1st 1/2 the 19th century. this is often the 1st English variation of Odoevsky's paintings to be released for the reason that 1965 and 6 of the stories are right here translated for the 1st time.

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Well, Sevastyanich, old mate - he shouted, upon reading it - you must have been well and truly away with it last night; what a lot of rubbish you’ve written! Listen to this, Andrey Ignatevich - he added, turning to the district physician - this is the sort of petitioner Sevastyanich is putting forward to us. And he read the curious request through to the district physician, word for word, splitting his sides. - Well, let’s go, gentlemen, - he said finally, - and unseal this garrulous body, yes, and if it doesn’t respond, then we’ll bury it while the going is 24 The Tale o f a Dead Body good; it’s time we got back to town.

Or then finally, he would think that he had the whole town of Rezhensk in his head - shouting, noise, the creaking of carts... and down the streets walked not people, but frogs on their hind legs, lolloping from leg to leg!... Ivan Trofimovich was scared stiff! Throwing his shame to the winds, he dashed off to the doctor. 34 The Story of a Cock, a Cat and a Frog - Bogdan Ivanovich, old chap! Help me, save me! - What’s happened to you, Ivan Trofimovich? Let me feel your pulse.... - Never mind that, old chap!...

In short, laugh at me as you wish, but I can only repeat that these forgotten men are worthy of our attention. If one can’t believe everything they say, neither can one doubt that their works allude to a kind of knowledge that has now been lost and which it would be no bad thing to discover again. You will be convinced of this when I send you an extract from my uncle’s library. Letter IV In my last letter I forgot to tell you the very thing which had prompted me to begin it The thing is, my Mend, that I find myself in a strange position and I am asking your advice.

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