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Author: Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov
ISBN13: 978-0554370354
Title: A Hero of Our Time
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Publisher: BiblioLife (August 18, 2008)
Pages: 212

A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov

A Hero of Our Time, by Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov (1814-1841), 1840, 1841. We have extensively modified the Parker translation here, mostly by attempting to render it into modern American English and at the same time to restore what we consider the most likely original meaning. That English translation, entitled 'The Heart of a Russian,' by J. H. Wisdom Marr Murray, .

Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov. Other readers will always be interested in your opinion of the books you've read. Whether you've loved the book or not, if you give your honest and detailed thoughts then people will find new books that are right for them. A Hero of Our Time, my dear sirs, is indeed a portrait, but not of one man; it is a portrait built up of all our generation's vices in full bloom. You will again tell me that a human being cannot be so wicked, and I shall reply that if you can believe in the existence of all the villains of tragedy and romance, why should you not believe that there was a Pechorin?

The preface is the first and at the same time the last thing in any book. It serves either to explain the purpose of the work or to defend the author from his critics. Ordinarily, however, readers are concerned with neither the moral nor the journalistic attacks on the author – as a result they don't read prefaces. Well, that's too bad, especially in our country. Our public is still so immature and simple-hearted that it doesn't understand a fable unless it finds the moral at the end. It fails to grasp a joke or sense an irony – it simply hasn't been brought up properly.

Nicholas Lezard thinks Lermontov's book is perfectly graspable, makes its point quickly and without beating about the bush. Modern literature begins rather earlier than you might expect, in the third and fourth decades of the 19th century: in Scotland with James Hogg, in Germany with Georg Büchner and in Russia with Lermontov. Well, not "modern literature" exactly, but in Lermontov, at least, we see the first real anti-hero. For those who have an idea of the Russian novel as an enormous beast filled with confusing numbers of characters all called Prince Something and Princess.

A Hero of Our Time, by Mikhail Yurievich Lermontov (1814-1841), 1840, 1841. The preface is the first and at the same time the last thing in any book. org to approved e-mail addresses. 1. El poder y la ciencia de la motivación. This complete HTML e-text is based on the translation from the Russian into English by Martin Parker, published by Progress Publishers, Moscow, 1947, 1951, in the public domain in the United States of America. A Hero of Our Time, my dear readers, is indeed a portrait, but not of one man. It is a portrait built up of all our generation's vices in full bloom. you will again tell me that a human being cannot be so wicked, and I will reply that if you can believe in the existence of all the villains of tragedy and romance, why wouldn't believe that there was a Pechorin? if you could admire.

A Hero of Our Time is an adventure story set among the Caucasus Mountains and a character study of a Byronic hero, Pechorin. The author claims in his preface that he has created a composite portrait, made up of all the vices which flourish, fullgrown, amongst the present generation. As many other authors, Lermontov drew on events and specific experiences in his own life to create the people (military men serving in the Caucasus) who inhabit his novel. Lermontov was, after all, a Russian military officer who served in the Caucasus. Lermontov even writes: Others have observed, with much acumen, that the author has painted his own portrait and those of his acquaintances. One of the events on which Lermontov drew, however, was his death two years after completing the novel.

The parallels between A Hero of Our Time and Pushkin’s Eugene Onegin are fairly obvious: at the centre of each is a man who, for all his charisma, is detached from life, who is, indeed, terminally bored with it. Both kill in duels people who are foolish, and who are perhaps no great loss to the world, but who, for all that, did not deserve to die: neither appears to display any great remorse for their deed – at least, not openly, and perhaps not even to themselves. However, this impression might change once I have allowed the book to resonate in my mind a bit longer. This reservation apart, A Hero of Our Time seems an extraordinary work, and one I know I will return to again: I have, after all, barely begun to understand it.

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Reviews: 7
The book itself is awesome! The way it is narrated, the way the story is told, is truly unique. The Kindle version is hard to navigate though. There is no table of contents, no way to jump around. The book was written and published at the end of Russian Romanticism, and the move towards realism is obvious. The author himself had a very interesting life. I liked this book much more than I had expected to.
I love books set in this time period (War and Peace is one of my favorite books) and this book lived up to my expectations. I loved the characters, the drama, and of course, the romanticism of this period, which the author laid out beautifully. Perchorin is the ultimate playboy, officer, aloof man of stature that everyone thinks of when they think of this period, and he does it so well throughout the book. The first 40-50 pages are not the world's greatest, but trust me, it's worth sinking your teeth into if you like the kind of upper-crust military types and the drama of their social circles.
This review is for this edition of the book only, not for the actual story. The Formatting is bad. The table of contents, the footnotes and the font are all incredibly amateur. The book size is bad, for only 82 pages I expected it to be shorter and more compact. The cover is blurry on the front, definitely a low res jpg that was just slapped on the front. There's not even any page numbers!
If Pushkin created the Superfluous Man genre with Eugene Onegin, Lermontov perfected it with the character of Pechorin in A Hero or Our Time. The work is in fact two different stories, both of which eventually meld together to explain the deplorable weaknesses and magnificent virtues of the Russian nobility of the nineteenth century.

You can view this as a travelogue of the Russian mountains and people, or you can read it as a novel about a man who is bored with life.

The "hero" is a well-to-do man who is bored with life and joins the army as an officer on the frontier in hopes that the danger will give him some excitement. Even bullets whizzing by his head became boring. The tragedy is that his thoughtless interactions with others lead to their ruin.

This is an important work of Russian literature, and of world literature.
To further appreciate the point of view of 19th century Russians and their sharp divisions of class, if not race and definitely also of religion, read this work by Mikhail Lermontov. As with "Tales from the Underground" and Pushkin and Tolstoy and "Fathers and Sons," etc., we see enduring themes of man's communication with an understanding of other men. Curiosity is the joy. Russian literature of this time is so much based on empathy, which is much more important to have than sympathy, which can be superficial. Ernest Gaines once promoted Russian literature to see these interactions as universal and fundamental. The way 21st century Americans text and tweet and selfie and post, barely able to communicate face to face without saying "like" and "awesome" and "you know" ad nauseam, they need to listen to Gaines and to read these Russian greats, virtuosos that they are.

Once you get past the establishment of the narrator, the translator will bridge you through to the "psychology" of this novel and you will recognize the times have changed and our methods of interaction have deteriorated, but what we wish to encounter when we meet strangers and old friends has not changed. Instead of being lost in a different century with a foreign people, the themes will rise to the top, no different from the best Shakespeare.
Lermontov is a sleeper by which I mean that he is lesser known and read outside Russia than other immortals. This novel was recommended to me by a Russian friend from Georgia and I was delighted to find a germinal work influenced greatly by Pushkin and Lord Byron. I read Hero of Our Time after Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. Both Puskin and Lermontov were mad for Byron's poetry as he had earned a certain rock star status. Pushkin was intrigued by blending poetry into the novel as a literary structure in Eugene Onegin. Lermontov's hero, Pechorin, and Pushkin's Onegin have much in common -- both are lovers named after Russian rivers. They both achieve the character type which became known as the "superfluous man" -- an intellect with charisma who finds his gifts are insufficient to influence his world in the way he has imagined. He becomes an outcast or misfit, in a sense, operating outside the conventions of morality and society -- disdainful of both -- with a clear sense of the futility and absurdity of his life. In Pechorin's case the young soldier chooses to influence his life but does so without hope. Perchorin's superfluous man emerges the underground man of Dostoyevski. This perspective is expressed multifariously in the next century in Camus' Stranger, the characters who in habit Beckett's tragicomedies and in the invisible man of Ralph Ellsion. Perhaps his experience in the Russian military created this sense of despair. His exile to the Caucasus Mountain between the Black and Caspian Seas ultimately had an uplifting affect upon Lermontov from the sheer beauty of the landscape which is memorably described in this novel. Like Pushkin, Lermontov was killed in a duel, in the latter's case at the tender age of 26. Chekhov was said to have remarked, "Still a boy and he wrote that." Lermontov is a must read to understand how the superfluous man personified in Lermontov has so influenced writers of diverse genres who followed him.