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Russian Nights, Vladimir Fedorovich Odoevsky's major work, is of great importance in Russian intellectual history. This captivating novel is the summation of Odoevsky's views and interests in many fields: Gothic literature, romanticism, mysticism, the occult, social responsibility, Westernization, utopia and anti-utopia. Compared variously to The Decameron, to Hoffman's Se ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published March 20th 1997 by Northwestern University Press (first published 1844)
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Aug 03, 2015 rated it liked it
Still working on this book, but here are some parts I have enjoyed.

"I, at least, am convinced that to speak means nothing else than to arouse in a listener his own inner word."

"He seems to have given himself to sensuality; everything is forgotten, intoxication is complete, but sadness knocks at his heart, an unexpected, incomprehensible sadness. He tries to reject it, to fathom it, and his soul again comes to life in his coarsened body; his mind seeks life; his thought seeks expression; and man
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Naz
Apr 15, 2013 rated it liked it
More a collection of parables than a novel. Dense and philosophical, but very thought provoking and interesting.
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Fabulous philosophical frame novel, sodden drunk on Schelling. "Odoevsky was prophetic: in the early 19th century he predicted blogging and the threat of nuclear war".
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Introduction & Note, by Ralph E. Matlaw
Foreword, by V. F. Odoevsky
Notes
Foreword to the 1844 edition


--Russian Nights

Afterword, by Neil Cornwell
Further Reading
Errata
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Prince Vladimir Fyodorovich Odoyevsky (Russian: Владимир Федорович Одоевский) was a prominent Russian philosopher, writer, music critic, philanthropist and pedagogue. He became known as the "Russian Hoffmann" on account of his keen interest in phantasmagoric tales and musical criticism.

Aspiring to imitate Ludwig Tieck and Novalis, Odoyevsky published a number of tales for children (e.g., "The Snuf
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