Year of publication: 1991
Keywords: Cagliostro magic medium


Alexei Tolstoy

Olga Shartse

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Alexei Tolstoy CAGLIOSTRO "Граф Калиостро", translated by Olga Shartse (c) Raduga Publishers, Moscow, 1991 In Smolensk Uyezd, on the tall bank of the river, in the middle of a hilly plain, covered with stripes of wheat fields and small birch woods, sprawled an estate called White Springs, the ancient family seat of the Princes Tulupov. The original wooden house, standing in a dip of the land, had been boarded up and abandoned. The new mansion with columns in the Greek style faced the river and the fields beyond. At the back of the house there were two wings which stretched into the park, complete with ponds, islands, and fountains. Besides, in different corners of the park one could come upon a stone woman with an arrow, or an urn with this inscription on the socle: "Sit here a while and ponder how fleet is time", or else some sad ruins, now tangled in creepers. The house and the park had been completed some five years earlier when the mistress of White Springs, Princess...