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"Of lasting appeal to readers of all countries and centuries." — Vladimir Nabokov

Russian literature's first major prose novel, this gripping work was a primary influence on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and other great nineteenth-century writers. Mikhail Lermontov, "the poet of the Caucasus," drew upon his personal Byronic exploits to create these tales of treachery, abductions, and sexual intrigue. Published in 1840, one year before the author's death at age twenty-six in a duel, the novel retains its overwhelming power and fascination.

Centered on the escapades of Pechorin, a dashing young officer and the hero of the title, the book consists of a series of interconnected short stories. The picaresque adventures revolve around Pechorin's escapades and reflect his cynical but passionate worldview. Set amid the rugged Caucasian wilderness — an exotic land populated by bandits and smugglers, transplanted society women, and lawless freebooters — it offers a thrilling blend of brutality, elegance, and enduring romance.

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Treachery and sexual intrigue abound in this gripping and influential Russian novel. Its picaresque tales trace a Byronic hero's exploits amid the rugged Caucasian frontier.

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Russian literature's first major prose novel, this gripping work was a primary influence on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and other great 19th-century writers. The author drew upon his personal Byronic exploits to create these picaresque adventures amid the rugged Caucasus in the company of bandits, freebooters, and beautiful women.

Table of Contents

Translators' Foreword

Author's Preface

Book I. Bèla

Book II. Maksim Maksimych

Foreword to Extracts from Pechorin's Diary

Book III. Tamañ

Book IV. The Fatalist

Book V. Princess Mary

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dnance, March 7, 2009 (view all comments by dnance)
I bought this edition of "A Hero Of Our Time" because of the low cost for the new copy. However, I immediately noticed that the chapters are not in the order I am accustomed to. I am not acquainted with the original Russian language text so I cannot say whether this version is in the "wrong" order, but I believe this is so.
The first version of this book I read was in the Penguin Classics version. I do not remember who translated it or when the translation is from. In that version the order of the chapters is as follows:

Author's Preface
I. Bela
II. Maxim Maximich
Forward to Diary
III. Taman
IV. Princess Mary
V. The Fatalist

The Dover edition about which I am posting this comment is the same, except the last two sections are reversed, with the short "Fatalist" prior to the longest "Princess Mary". The order seems to be of principal importance, especially this type of story made up of different styles: different third-person narrators, diary, etc...
I do not remember exactly what my Russian Lit. Prof. said about the order but I remember thinking that the 'Penguin Order' ending with the "Fatalist" made more sense, despite the presumption that the events in "The Fatalist" are supposed to have taken place earlier than those in "Princess Mary". Because all of the chapter are included in the Dover edition, this is not a serious flaw, hence the four stars (The Novel, in my opinion is a 5-star novel, definitely in my top 20 or 25 books of all time), but I am surprised that there is not even an explanation.
I have been searching on the internet to try to find the original order of the chapters. It is possible that the Dover edition is actually the correct order, and not Penguin. If anyone knows the answer, I am curious and would like to hear from you. E-mail me and make sure to include the title "Hero Of Our Time" in the subject heading so I know what it's about. My address is:

dannance@charter.net
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780486451299
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail Iurevich
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Translator:
Wisdom, J. H.; Murray, Marr
Translator:
Wisdom, J. H.
Translator:
Murray, Marr
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail Yurievich
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail Iur'evich
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail
Author:
Wisdom, J. H.
Author:
Murray, Marr
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Russia Social life and customs 1533-1917.
Subject:
Russia History, Military 1801-1917.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Books on Literature & Drama
Publication Date:
20060731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 0.43 lb

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Treachery and sexual intrigue abound in this gripping and influential Russian novel. Its picaresque tales trace a Byronic hero's exploits amid the rugged Caucasian frontier.

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Russian literature's first major prose novel, this gripping work was a primary influence on Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and other great 19th-century writers. The author drew upon his personal Byronic exploits to create these picaresque adventures amid the rugged Caucasus in the company of bandits, freebooters, and beautiful women.

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