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A Hero Of Our Time

by Mikhail Lermontov, Trans. By Martin Parker

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature
Novel by Mikhail Lermontov, published in Russian in 1840 as Geroy nashego vremeni. Its psychologically probing portrait of a disillusioned 19th-century aristocrat and its use of a nonchronological and multifaceted narrative structure influenced such later Russian authors as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy and presaged the antiheroes and antinovels of 20th-century fiction. The novel is set in the Russian Caucasus in the 1830s. Grigory Pechorin is a bored, self-centered, and cynical young army officer who believes in nothing. With impunity he toys with the love of women and the goodwill of men. He is brave, determined, and willful, but his energies and potential are wasted, and he dies in a duel.

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"A Hero of Our Time is a book comprising five stories –'Bela,' 'Maxim Maximych,' 'Taman,' 'Princess Mary,' and 'The Fatalist'– linked by a single subject. In it Lermontov describes Pechorin, the hero of the day, of a terrible era, a wasted, cruel, and useless man, who passes indifferently by majestic landscapes and plain but wonderful people with pure hearts. In his five stories he reveals perfect art, which is real, wise, masterly in style and delightful."

— Alexei Tolstoy

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Introduction by Timothy Binyon Translated by Vladimir and Dmitri Nabokov

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About the Author
Mikhail Lermontov was born in Moscow in October 1814. His early poetic works were inspired by the beautiful nature of the Caucasus, stories he overheard about the Caucasian War, and his travel across all of Russia by horseback. He became his age's leading Romantic poet. Tragically killed in duel a year after its publication, A Hero of Our Time is his only novel.



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