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ISBN13: 9780140447958
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The first example of the psychological novel in Russia, A Hero of Our Time influenced Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov, and other great nineteenth-century masters that followed. Its hero, Pechorin, is Byronic in his wasted gifts, his cynicism, and his desire for any kind of action-good or ill-that will stave off boredom. Outraging many critics when it was first published in 1840, A Hero of Our Time follows Pechorin as he embarks on an exciting adventure involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers.

This edition includes a new introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, maps, and full explanatory notes.

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Pechorin is certainly a dangerous man - Byronic in his wasted gifts, his cynicism, his predatory and flamboyant energy for any kind of action that will stave off boredom. In five linked episodes, Mikhail Lermontov builds up the portrait of a man caught in and expressing the sickness of his times.

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Revised edition of a translation by Paul Foote.

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The first example of the psychological novel in Russia, A Hero of Our Time influenced Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov, and other great nineteenth-century masters that followed. Its hero, Pechorin, is Byronic in his wasted gifts, his cynicism, and his desire for any kind of action-good or ill-that will stave off boredom. Outraging many critics when it was first published in 1840, A Hero of Our Time follows Pechorin as he embarks on an exciting adventure involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers.

This edition includes a new introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, maps, and full explanatory notes.

 

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Paul Foote was, until his retirement, a university lecturer in Russian and fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford.

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history 244, August 4, 2008 (view all comments by history 244)
You have admired far more terrible and monstrous characters than he is, so why are you so merciless towards him, even as a fictitious character? Perhaps he comes too close to the bone?

In the preface to the 1841 edition of A Hero of Our Time, Mikhail Lermontov chastises his audience for their objection to Pechorin, the anti-hero of the story. That Lermontov’s character drew such criticism from Russian readers speaks to how Pechorin’s lifestyle, that of a carefree noble in military service in the Caucasus wars, reflects the deeper insecurities of a Russian nobility that by the 1840’s was no longer certain of its place in society.
Lermontov uses a rather creative storyline composed of five novellas that switch from an unnamed officer (possibly Lermontov), to Maxim Maximych, and Pechorin (through his diaries). The plot focuses around a quasi-love affair between Pechorin and Princess Mary, a Romanov. In the course of his courtship, Pechorin comes into conflict with Grushnitsky, another officer, and the story ends dramatically when Pechorin kills Grushnitsky in a duel set on a cliff. The moral bankruptcy that Pechorin displays in his pursuit of Mary as well as his killing of Grushnitsky raises questions of the purpose of the Russian nobility in a time of great social unrest of the Russian peasantry. Titling the book A Hero of Our Time is an ironic act of criticism of the nobility; Pechorin epitomizes someone who is callous and bored with life. Unfortunately, Lermontov’s life echoed his art too closely; he was killed in a duel on a cliff in 1841.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140447958
Translator:
Foote, Paul
Author:
Foote, Paul
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail Yurievich
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London, Eng.
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russian & Former Soviet Union
Subject:
Translations into english
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Caucasus
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Russia Social life and customs 1533-1917.
Subject:
Russia History, Military 1801-1917.
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. ed.
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series:
Penguin Classics
Series Volume:
TR-00-18
Publication Date:
20011031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.76x5.12x.51 in. .36 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 208 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140447958 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Pechorin is certainly a dangerous man - Byronic in his wasted gifts, his cynicism, his predatory and flamboyant energy for any kind of action that will stave off boredom. In five linked episodes, Mikhail Lermontov builds up the portrait of a man caught in and expressing the sickness of his times.
"Synopsis" by , Revised edition of a translation by Paul Foote.

"Synopsis" by ,
 

The first example of the psychological novel in Russia, A Hero of Our Time influenced Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov, and other great nineteenth-century masters that followed. Its hero, Pechorin, is Byronic in his wasted gifts, his cynicism, and his desire for any kind of action-good or ill-that will stave off boredom. Outraging many critics when it was first published in 1840, A Hero of Our Time follows Pechorin as he embarks on an exciting adventure involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers.

This edition includes a new introduction, chronology, suggestions for further reading, maps, and full explanatory notes.

 

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