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A Hero of Our Time : Penguin Classics - Mikhail Lermontov

A Hero of Our Time

Penguin Classics

Paperback Published: 2nd October 2009
ISBN: 9780143105633
Number Of Pages: 208
For Ages: 18+ years old

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A masterpiece of Russian prose, Lermontov's only novel was influential for many later nineteenth-century authors, including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov. Lermontov's hero, Pechorin, is a dangerous man, Byronic in his wasted gifts and his cynicism, and desperate for any kind of action that will stave off boredom. In five linked episodes, Lermontov builds up a portrait of a man caught in and expressing the sickness of his times.

About the Author

Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841) was a Russian Romantic writer and poet. As a young man Lermontov was an officer in the guards, and was sent to fight in the Caucasus after insulting the tsar. His dramatic life ended after being shot down in a duel.

Industry Reviews

"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

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Anthony Powell said if he were stranded on a desert island and could only have one book, it would be this one. Mr. Powell said it's a short book but it has just about everything in it. Although the female characters have little to do, both women and men will be entertained by the mind of the intelligent and manipulative 'hero' Pechorin. Written in 19th century, it is proof that society and men haven't changed all that much in the last 150 years.

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ISBN: 9780143105633
ISBN-10: 0143105639
Series: Penguin Classics
Audience: General
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 208
Published: 2nd October 2009
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.5 x 12.8  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.17
Edition Number: 1

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