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A Hero of Our Time: And Princess Ligovskaya (Oneworld Classics)

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Traveling through the wilds of the Caucasian Mountains, a young man makes the acquaintance of Maxim Maximych, an experienced soldier and veritable raconteur. As they take refuge from the harsh wintry conditions, Maximych begins to tell the scandalous history of his one-time companion Pechorin, a self-confessed rake. Talented and highly intelligent, Pechorin is nevertheless weary of the world and all it has to offer. Cynical in the extreme, he can muster no other motivation than the avoidance of boredom. To this end, he embarks upon a series of Byronic exploits. Whether kidnapping the daughter of a local chieftain, organizing a smuggling ring, fighting duels, toying with fate, or capturing the hearts of beautiful society women, he remains entirely immune from any depth of emotion. This inspired study of a man and a society in crisis reveals the archetypal antihero not only of the Russian novel but of world literature.

Synopsis:

A brilliant new translation of a perennial favorite of Russian Literature

The first major Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was both lauded and reviled upon publication. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a beautiful and magnetic but nihilistic young army officer, bored by life and indifferent to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures in the Caucasus involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers, this classic tale of alienation influenced Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov in Lermontovas own century, and finds its modern-day counterparts in Anthony Burgessas A Clockwork Orange, the novels of Chuck Palahniuk, and the films and plays of Neil LaBute.

About the Author

Mikhail Lermontov (1814–1841) was a Russian writer and poet whose works include The Demon. Martin Parker is a translator.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781847491213
Publisher:
Oneworld Classics
Subject:
Classics
Translator:
Parker, Martin
Translator:
Cornwell, Neil
Author:
Lermontov, Mikhail
Author:
Parker, Martin
Subject:
Romance - Historical
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Oneworld Classics
Publication Date:
20100101
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
300
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 0.53 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

A Hero of Our Time: And Princess Ligovskaya (Oneworld Classics)
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"Synopsis" by , A brilliant new translation of a perennial favorite of Russian Literature

The first major Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was both lauded and reviled upon publication. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a beautiful and magnetic but nihilistic young army officer, bored by life and indifferent to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures in the Caucasus involving brigands, smugglers, soldiers, rivals, and lovers, this classic tale of alienation influenced Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov in Lermontovas own century, and finds its modern-day counterparts in Anthony Burgessas A Clockwork Orange, the novels of Chuck Palahniuk, and the films and plays of Neil LaBute.

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