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Musicman: the musical-artistic story from Hoffmann and Odoevsky to Pasternak

Neil Cornwell

in Odoevsky's Four Pathways into Modern Fiction

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780719082092
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702062 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719082092.003.0002
Musicman: the musical-artistic story from Hoffmann and Odoevsky to Pasternak

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This chapter investigates the musical story through Odoevsky's fictional ‘biography’ of Johann Sebastian Bach, and preceding works, particularly in the writings of E.T.A. Hoffmann. It aims to examine an early prose work by Boris Pasternak, his Suboctave Story (written in 1916–17, but first published only in 1977). Pasternak's never quite completed novella, this chapter argues, may be dependent to a considerable extent on Odoevsky's depiction of the young Bach and his creation of musical atmosphere.

Keywords: fictional biography; Odoevsky; Johann Sebastian Bach; E.T.A. Hoffmann; Boris Pasternak; Suboctave Story

Chapter.  9191 words. 

Subjects: Literature

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