A Hero of Our Time

A Hero of Our Time

by M. Y. Lermontov


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ISBN-13: 9781618953858
Publisher: Bibliotech Press
Publication date: 08/25/2018
Pages: 156
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.36(d)

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A Hero of Our Time 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
SirSpanky More than 1 year ago
A Hero of our Time, is a story of a man named Pechorin who goes on many different adventures all over the former Soviet Union while he is traveling on a government errand. He stops off in many different places, each one having a different surprise waiting for him: love, adventure and near death experiences. The first time I heard anything about this book, was from my Russian teacher who had us read one section from the book about a year ago. After I read that one section of the story, I loved it so much that I decided I had to read the whole book. I am a huge fan of the Odyssey and for me, A Hero of our Time, is a book that follows the same kind of storylines about different adventures that cocky, self-confident, superfluous Pechorin under goes. Sometimes it is hard to follow who is narrating the story but that is the only real draw back of the book. Having lived in Ukraine and read this story, it helped me relive some of my fondest memories of friends that I made there because of the way that Lermontov really describes the Russian personalities of the characters in the book. All of the events that happen in the story are actual events that Lermentov underwent in his real life and then published in his work. Without giving anything away, I have to say I think it is pretty funny some of the predicaments that Perchorin gets into. Over all if you are looking for a fun, adventurous read I would highly recommend picking up this book. It is not long whatsoever, but can get a little dry at parts. But if you want to be able to strike up a conversation and have some common ground with any Russian make sure you read this. It is extremely popular in Russian culture, every Russian knows about this book! You will not be disappointed when you finish reading; it is worth at least checking out if nothing else.
THEBOOKISHONE More than 1 year ago
Mikhail Lermontov introduces one of the most complex characters in literary history. As a reader, you will both love and hate Pechorin. This is one of the most gratifying works I have ever read. Witty, philosophical, and audacious, A Hero of Our Time illustrates the intricacies of human desire, love, betrayal, and fate. It is Pechorin's perception of his own existence that makes him a truly unique figure. Plus, the dialogue supplied by Lermontov is nothing short of superb. A must read!
evertrap on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Sort of fun to read. Lots of tongue-in-cheek humor.
dags on LibraryThing 10 months ago
An excellent, and somewhat rare book in that other 19th century literature usually used females as their protagonists, in the case of self-defeating behaviour and narcissism. The lead (male) character moves through life with a kind of fascination as to just how far he can push situations and manipulate the emotions of others, without seeming to ever want to possess or even ruin the women that come in to contact with him. Written beautifully in a wonderful setting, Russia's Caucasian mountains, near the current Georgia border.Great book, one of Russia's "hidden jewels".
Capfox on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I took rather a longer time reading this than I had expected to, given its slim size, but that shouldn't be read as a commentary on the book. This translation was actually quite good, as well, I thought; there was a flow to it that I often find lacking in translations, and it seems from the descriptions of the book that I've read that the translator got the feel of the different characters and the world down well.The world in question in mid-19th century Georgia, specifically in the Caucasus, a place that Lermontov obviously loved geographically, but he was less fond of the people to be found there. Much of the book is a satirical look at the elites found in the area, along with the other military characters. I suppose that some of these people have it due to them, but probably the one doing the poking probably deserved some satire about himself, as well.This book is one of those Romantic novels, and I have had very little time for such things, I have to say. The Romantics are probably down at the bottom of the list of literary movements I've read, and this book reminds me why. Sure, you can pierce people for their pretensions, but the people writing it are just as pretentious. It's just in a different way, but it's one that's just as annoying to me, generally.Anyway, the plot is fairly good, with some good scheming by the main character, Pechorin, and the structure, with the five different stories not falling in chronological order, makes for an interesting time of putting things together and working out what the point of breaking it up that way was. Still, while I liked this well enough, I'm not going to run out and start recommending it to lots of people. Maybe I'm just too cynical to be a Romantic.
eas311 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
"Geroi nashego vremeni" is one of my favorite books. This is partly b/c it's one of the books I read in Russian that I could understand - so the language was nice and clear and simple. But it's also an excellent example of the "tortured Russian soul" trope.
shawnd on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The book tells the story from two points of view of the middle years of life of Gregoriy Pechorin, a Russian military man in the 19th century from a noble background. The first quarter of the book is told in the first person by a narrator some years older than Pechorin who had served with him briefly; the narrator is telling the story to a fellow traveler as they climb through mountains in that land: Ossetia, Caucasus, etc - there are plenty of Ossetes, Cossacks, Chechnyans and others peppered throughout the book. Later in the book, the stories are positioned as being from Pechorin's journals. Aside from a lark into talking about mountain scenery in the manner of Thoreau, the prose is pitch-perfect and as such is just as emotional as Tolstoy where it attempts to be. Although the author, some reviewers and others have tried to paint Pechorin as a victim or a decent guy, I suspect this is a struggled approach to accommodate the title of the book. Pechorin is pretty much devoid of compassion, he's judgmental, bored, manipulative, a perfect devil, without the will to try to hurt everyone, just a few. However, the book is so well written that it could document anyone and the reader would enjoy and be hungry to read on and on in the lyrical, rythymic, hpnotic writing prowess.
soylentgreen23 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Another book that was recommended to me by a friend, probably because she was concerned for my wellbeing. First there was 'Into the Wild,' the nonfiction book concerning Christopher McCandless's disappearance and subsequent death in the wilds of Alaska - the message: don't do the same!Now, this fine Russian novel, itself practically autobiographical, about a lost nihilist, a man who felt the decadence of his age and was repulsed by it, though who became a decadent himself. Pechorin, the titular 'hero', lives a life that he himself finds boring, where the only joys to be had are in the machinations of the society around him, which he only approaches from a distance, and always so that they have no effect on him. His tale is mysterious, and mysteriously told; I think I shall find myself returning to this book in the near future to re-examine Lermontov's ideas. Some aspects seem written for me, and perhaps here is another warning for me to heed.
endersreads on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Pechorin is quite apt in his allusion of himself to the vampire. He is the superflous man, the Byronic anti-hero. the military man who duels and procreates quite a bit. It is ironic, or perhaps only logical, that Lermontov was killed in a duel much like the one his character Pechorin fought and survived.Pechorin is intelligent, perceptive, sophisticated, cunning, introspective, charismatic, seductive, dominant, and moody. Yes, Dracula!I was quite entertained and absorbed in Pechorin's misadventures. With a lightning swoop of the pen Lermontov gives us all we need to formulate pictures of the mountains, frontier posts, and society balls.I think Pechorin would have been much more interesting were he not so preoccupied with women, though I must admit I liked the way he handled Princess Mary. I was almost giddy over it!Many postmodern men must see themselves reflected in Pechorin (should they ever happen upon his pale countenance). In several ways I see myself in Pechorin¿his cynicism, his childhood, what he finds entertaining...I did feel bad about some of the occurrences. I felt bad for Pechorin's horse. As for the fool man-boy Grushnitsky¿did he get what he deserved? Those who live by the sword die by the sword...I found 'The Fatalist' to be the most philosophical story as well as the most strange. I wish Lermontov would have placed Pechorin in more of those situations, though really I shouldn't complain¿I enjoyed my read very much.
timjones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Anton Chekhov considered Mikhail Lermontov's Taman, one of the five closely linked stories which make up this volume, the model short story. Taman is the highlight of the novel for me, but the whole thing is a remarkable achievement. Lermontov's Pechorin, though modeled on Pushkin's Onegin, is on one level the archetypal "superfluous man" of 19th century Russian fiction, and on another a strikingly modern character: romantic, cynical, heroic, a destroyer of self and of others who venture too near. He's a nasty piece of work, yet pitiable in his way. The stories combine psychological insight with rousing adventure, and the whole thing moves along at a cracking pace. Recommended for anyone who complains that Russian literature is too slow.
john257hopper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Much of this short novel was quite amusing but pretty unremarkable, but it stepped up a gear or two during the duel scene at the end of the Princess Mary section, uncannily predictive of Lermontov's fate a year or two later, and in the final The Fatalist section. Still not sure that this is quite the all time classic of Russian literature it's held to be, more significant simply for being the first real Russian novel.
WhisperingStories More than 1 year ago
Lermontov was a Russian army officer, an artist and a writer, principally of poetry but also some prose including this work. A Hero of Our Time was eventually published as a novel although it is five short stories linked by the central character Pechorin and told by two different narrators. Two of the stories were previously published as stand-alone works. The book starts with an introduction by Neil Cornwell which I found very useful to explain the make-up of the book and the nature of Russian popular fiction at the time. There is also an Author’s Preface which Lermontov added to the second edition apparently in response to criticisms of the book when it was first published. I do not speak or read Russian so I cannot vouch for the accuracy of the translation but the text reads easily. The story is set in the Caucasus Mountains and is full of detail about the terrain, the local people and the lives of the Russian nobility who travelled to the spas in that area. Lermontov tends to mock those society travellers although I could not help thinking that they would also be a large part of his intended audience. He has peppered both books with quotes from previous European literature including Shakespeare, Balzac, Goethe, Byron and his compatriot Pushkin which would have resonated with his audience and given credibility to his own status as an educated man. This claims to be the first volume in English to contain both A Hero of Our Time and Princess Ligovskaya which is an unfinished novel written earlier. Both books feature Pechorin and both feature a Princess Ligovskaya but not the same lady which is a little confusing. I found this abandoned novel a bit of a tease as the setting and the characters were promising but of course we never reach the conclusion of the story. Although I enjoyed the historical viewpoint, A Hero of Our Time will probably not appeal to all contemporary readers. I have therefore awarded three stars.
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A must read...
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One of the best boks in the world.
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a hero of our time is one of the memorable stories I have ever read and it still haunts me with its beauty. In a Quixotic Lermontov effortlessly takes the reader through the beauty of the Caucasian mountains wrapped up with the richness of Pechorin's experiences who is a young officer, an idealist turned cynic. It has been close to a decade since I last read this book, yet it continues to top the list of my favourite books.In a way everybody can relate to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
To those interested in reading this book in English: you have to be at least acquainted with Russian history and literature of the time, and especially a very complex figure of M. Lermontov as the brightest represenatvie of such in the post Pushkin times. For the most part his poetry and prose are autobiographic.