A Hero of Our Time

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Penguin Books Limited, Jun 28, 2001 - Fiction - 168 pages
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Proud, wilful and intensely charismatic, Pechorin is bored by the stifling world that envelopes him. With a predatory energy for any activity that will relieve his ennui, he embarks on a series of adventures, encountering smugglers, brigands, soldiers, lovers and rivals - and leaving a trail of broken hearts behind him. With its cynical, immoral hero, Lermontov's novel outraged many critics when it was published in 1840. Yet it was also a literary landmark- an acutely observed psychological novel, narrated from a number of different perspectives, through which the true and complex nature of Pechorin slowly emerges.

Paul Foote's fine translation, recently, updated, is accompanied by an introduction discussing the figure of Pechorin within the literary tradition of 'superfluous men', and the novel's influence on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov. The edition also includes a chronology, explanatory notes and a historical note on the Caucasus.

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User Review  - john257hopper - LibraryThing

This is a re-read of this classic short 1840 Russian novel about a "superfluous man", an army officer Grigory Alexxandrovich Pechorin, and his adventures, especially romantic ones, in the Caucasus ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

a brilliant psychological study with early exploration into layered narration and non-linear plot sequence. The irony and humor are sublime. Don't skip the Foreward! Truly a literary landmark! Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Mikhail Lermontov was born in 1814 and made several journies to the Caucasus before entering St Petersburg Guards' school where he began writing poetry and autobiographical dramas in prose. He died in a duel in 1841. Influenced by Byron, he is renowned as Russia's one true Romantic poet. Paul Foote was, until his retirement, a University Lecturer in Russian and Fellow of Queen's College, Oxford. He has translated works by Tolstoy and Saltykov-Shchedrin.

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