Described as a dangerous man by one of his young female victims, Pechorin, the hero of Lermontov's novel, outraged many critics with his immortal behaviour when the book was published in 1840. A Hero of Our Time is a literary landmark, the first example of the psychological novel in Russia. Its five linked episodes, using different narrators and Pechorin's own diaries, act as a series of snapshots which form a complex portrait of this fascinating character. Revised with a new introduction, chronology, further reading, maps and full explanatory notes.
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.
Paul Foote was, until his retirement, a university lecturer in Russian and fellow of The Queens College, Oxford.
"It's high time an up-to-date and idiomatic version of A Hero of Our Time was made available to American readers. Marion Schwartz's translation of Lermontov's classic adventure novel captures all the suppleness and wit of Lermontov's prose, the fine texture of his descriptions and the galloping rhythm of his narrative passages. This is a fine addition to the Modern Library." -- Michael Scammell
“Military life in the Caucasus, bandits, duels, romance--at the hands of a passionate adventurer with "a restless imagination, an insatiable heart. That is Pechorin, and also Lermontov. If you have a personal all-time bestseller list, make room for A Hero of our Time. “-- Alan Furst
"In Russia Mikhail Lermontov is considered one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Marian Schwarz's compelling translation shows us why." -- Peter Constantine
Have a question about this product? Ask us here.