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Duelling confession within the novel
Neil Cornwell

), inadvertently sets events in train by perishing while engaged in the anal penetration of the novel’s young Jewish protagonist and narrator, Aslan. 31 However, it is Aslan’s ruthlessness, combined with his utter incompetence, which leads, in the wake of what has happened (the ‘trifling matter’ of ‘the disappearance of a sinful monk’ (ibid., 105)), to the brink of communal disaster – the day being saved only by ‘near-miraculous’ international intervention. Aslan’s false accusations come at a critical stage of what has been in effect a long

in Odoevsky’s four pathways into modern fiction