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A Hero of Our Time, the first major prose novel in Russian literature, is a mosaic of narrators and tales featuring the Byronic young officer Pechorin. Set in the rugged Caucasus, Lermontov's dazzling psychological novel follows the wealthy and cynical Pechorin as he gallops from one adventure to the next--through an exotic land of soldiers and mountain horsemen, society women and smugglers--leaving behind a trail of damaged egos and broken hearts.
Marian Schwartz's new, beautifully nuanced translation captures the author's original tone, subtleties of dialogue, and spectacular descriptions of the Caucasian landscape. This original Modern Library paperback features new endnotes, a glossary, a map of the Caucasus, and a reading group guide.
"It's high time an up-to-date and idiomatic version of A Hero of Our Time was made available to American readers. Marion Schwartz's translation of Lermontov's classic adventure novel captures all the suppleness and wit of Lermontov's prose, the fine texture of his descriptions and the galloping rhythm of his narrative passages. This is a fine addition to the Modern Library."
Military life in the Caucasus, bandits, duels, romance--at the hands of a passionate adventurer with "a restless imagination, an insatiable heart." That is Pechorin, and also Lermontov. If you have a personal all-time bestseller list, make room for A Hero of our Time."
"In Russia Mikhail Lermontov is considered one of the greatest writers of the nineteenth century. Marian Schwarz's compelling translation shows us why."