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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.
"Natasha Randall's English, in her new translation, has exactly the right degree of loose velocity. . . . (Nabokov's version, the best-known older translation, is a bit more demure than Randall's, less savage.)"
-James Wood, London Review of Books
"[A] smart, spirited new translation."
-The Boston Globe
"One of the most vivid and persuasive portraits of the male ego ever put down on paper."
-Neil LaBute, from the Foreword