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A Hero Of Our Time
     

A Hero Of Our Time

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by M. Y. Lermontov
 

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THIS novel, known as one of the masterpieces of Russian Literature, under the title "A Hero of our Time," and already translated into at least nine European languages, is now for the first time placed before the general English Reader. The work is of exceptional interest to the student of English Literature, written as it was under the profound influence of Byron and

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THIS novel, known as one of the masterpieces of Russian Literature, under the title "A Hero of our Time," and already translated into at least nine European languages, is now for the first time placed before the general English Reader. The work is of exceptional interest to the student of English Literature, written as it was under the profound influence of Byron and being itself a study of the Byronic type of character. The Translators have taken especial care to preserve both the atmosphere of the story and the poetic beauty with which the Poet-novelist imbued his pages.

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ISBN-13:
9781438510484
Publisher:
Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date:
02/02/2009
Pages:
184
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.39(d)

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A Hero of Our Time 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 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!
WhisperingStories 9 months 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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to read a brilliant psychological masterpiece, you can't find much better than 'A hero of our time'
Guest More than 1 year ago
A short work of great power. Satirical, tragic, and lovely written. Lermontov takes you inside the charectors head and leaves you disgusted. A must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
an anti-hero before there were anti-hero's. exciting page turner. The way he sets up each chapter is as remarkable as the hero or should I say anti-hero. I Read it in one night which is remarkable for a twenty-five- year old male
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this brilliantly written novel the protagonist, Pechorin, is a ruthless and selfish individual. He seemingly cares for nothing, certainly not his own life, but while he is alive he figures to refrain from boredom at any cost. This book is written as a peek at a few sections of Pechorin's diary not as a simple story. This allows for a amazing amount of detail on particular individual events that allow the reader to understand the character intimately. 'Notes from Underground' is similar in this fashion. Pechorin is a man who seems to be immoral by all standards, regardless of what 'Time' is being referred to in the title. Pechorin is a man who has an incredible philosophic understanding of his self and rejects all societal decencies. Pechorin is his own man. A 'Hero' because of his independence and his conviction to act in accord with his reason and no one elses.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mikail Lermontov/A Hero of our Time is a bad book in my opinion. It's about a Russian leader who went to different city's in Asia and Europe and met differnt people. Some people were Bela, who was a girl that was basicaly owned by Pechorin a hunter. Bela was very sweet but died in her twenties. She was stabbed and died a day later. this book is one of the worst books I have ever read. By the way the main character is Maxim Maximych. The first chapter is about Bela and then the second is about Maxim Maximych. The next to were about Taman a town in Russia and a day to day diary on princess Mary. The last chapter is about the fatalist and you will have to read the book to find out who it is. I would not suggest this book to kids or teenagers but maybe to adults. Its not a easy read and sometimes you don't know what their talking about. I don't think there are any real history in this book.