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A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov
translated by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen
Northwestern University Press, 2016
eISBN: 978-0-8101-3352-5 | Paper: 978-0-8101-3351-8
Library of Congress Classification PG3337.L4G4133 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 891.733

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
Translated from the Russian by Elizabeth Cheresh Allen



Mikhail Lermontov’s A Hero of Our Time was the first modern Russian novel. Published in 1840, it set a model of penetrating observation and psychological depth that would come to typify Russian literature. Its "hero," Grigorii Pechorin, also established a character type that became known in Russian fiction as "the superfluous man"—widely familiar from Dostoevsky’s Notes from Underground. At once driven by pride and wracked by self-doubt, both shockingly self-revealing and blindly self-deceived, he flounders to affirm himself in a social world he despises yet yearns to dominate. Pechorin is a troubling and unforgettable character. And A Hero of Our Time, which has provoked much controversy, is a novel not only central to Russian literature but fundamental to the Western literary tradition of the antihero.



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