A Hero of Our Time by Michail Lermontov - First English Language Edition - Vintage Book, Russian Romanticism, 1940s

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1947 English translation by Martin Parker of A Hero of Our Time by Michail Lermontov. Intrigues of a military officer during his travels in the Caucasus.

Written by Michail Lermontov. Illustrated by D. Shmarinov. Translated from Russian by Martin Parker. Circa 1947, English language edition. Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow. Printed in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.


Part One
Maxim Maximych

Perchorin's Diary

Part Two
Conclusions of Pechorin's Diary
Princess Mary
The Fatalist


"I was travelling along the post road from Tiflis. The only luggage in the carriage was one small portmanteau half-full of travel notes about Georgia. Fortunately for you the greater part of them has been lost since then, though luckily for me the case and the rest of the things in it have survived."

The Guardian, June 26, 2010, by Anna Winter:

"Mikhail Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time demonstrates the peculiar fascination of the Byronic antihero. First published in 1840, the novel recounts a series of adventures of the military officer Pechorin during his travels in the Caucasus. He kidnaps the beautiful Bela, daughter of a Circassian tribesman, becomes involved with smugglers, and schemes to win the affection of a Muscovite princess while embarking on an affair with his former lover Vera. Ultimately his intrigues culminate in a duel with fellow officer.

Pechorin embodies the concept of the "superfluous man" in 19th-century Russian literature. The character is an intense individual, a nihilist whose melancholic sensitivity is combined with a constant cynicism and sense of boredom. He remains distanced from the emotional manipulation he works upon others: "I often wonder why I'm trying so hard to win the love of a girl I have no desire to seduce and whom I'd never marry.""

Russian poet and novelist Mikhail Lermontov (1814 - 1841) - "The poet of the Caucasus" - remains one of the greatest figures in Russian literature. A Hero of Our Time inaugurated Russian psychological realism.

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Condition*: Very Good/Poor. Dust jacket: Large open tears and chipping; small stains on front. Inside: Handwritten name in Russian on front flyleaf; frontispiece is loose near the bottom; cover boards are slightly bumped. Pages are clean, undamaged, and complete.

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