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Hero Of Our Time, A
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TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN By J. H. WISDOM & MARR MURRAY
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.
From the Publisher
"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."
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