A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov & Natasha Randall

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I read A Hero of Our Time by Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov, and the novel became one of the astonishing reads of my lifetime–not only is this an absolutely wonderful book, but it encouraged me to start reading more Russian stuff.
-His Futile Preoccupations

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In its adventurous happenings–its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues–A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and ’30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin–the archetypal Russian antihero–Lermontov’s novel looks forward to the subsequent glories of a Russian literature that it helped, in great measure, to make possible.
 

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Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841), poet, dramatist and novelist, first reached prominence with a poem he wrote in 1837 about Pushkin’s death in a duel. Critical of the Tsar, the poem caused Lermontov to be arrested, removed from the presigious Life Guards Hussars, and was ordered to serve in the army in the Caucasus. This was not the last time he would be exiled for his strong opinions or his propensity for dueling. A HERO OF OUR TIME, the first major prose novel in Russian literature, profoundly influenced later 19th Century writers including Dostoyevski and Tolstoy. This remarkable psychological novel helped to solidify Lermontov’s timeless reputation as one of Russian’s most important writers.Marian Schwartz (translator) has been translating Russian fiction and belles lettres for thirty years, including seven volumes by Nina Berberova. She is Past President of the American Literary Translators Association. She lives in Austin, Texas.Gary Shteyngart’s acclaimed novel, The Russian Debutante’s Handbook, won the Steven Crane Award for First Fiction. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including the New Yorker and Granta. He lives in New York City.
Author Residence: Austin, TX (translator)
 
Published June 28, 2001 by Penguin. 195 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, History, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Action & Adventure, War, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Crime, Religion & Spirituality, Travel. Non-fiction
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His Futile Preoccupations

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Reviewed by Swiftly Tilting Planet on Mar 31 2010

I read A Hero of Our Time by Russian writer Mikhail Lermontov, and the novel became one of the astonishing reads of my lifetime–not only is this an absolutely wonderful book, but it encouraged me to start reading more Russian stuff.

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