A Hero of Our Time (Paperback)

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By Mikhail Lermontov, Paul Foote (Translated by)
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Join the ne'er-do-well officer Pechorin on his adventures through the snowy Caucasus mountains as he cheats death, charms ladies, and generally makes the most of the Byronic hero archetype. Published in 1840, A Hero of Our Time is regarded by many as the first Russian novel and it's one of my all-time favorites.

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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.


About the Author

Paul Foote was, until his retirement, a university lecturer in Russian and fellow of The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Praise For…

"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
Product Details
ISBN: 9780140447958
ISBN-10: 0140447954
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: October 1st, 2001
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics