Mikhail Lermontov, Geroi nashego vremeni [A Hero of Our Time]

Robert Reid (University of Keele)
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Geroi nashego vremeni

[

A Hero of Our Time

] is Lermontov's only novel and ranks as one of the great classics of Russian nineteenth-century literature. It is of unorthodox structure, consisting of five separate stories linked by a common hero, Grigorii Pechorin. Three of these stories

Bela

,

The Fatalist

and

Taman

, were published as separate entities in 1839 and 1840 in a contemporary Russian literary journal. The other two,

Maksim Maksimych

and

Princess Mary

were published as part of the complete novel in 1840. The work is autobiographical in as much as Pechorin's adventures in the Caucasus reflect the writer's own experiences during his military posting to the region. Most remarkably, Piatigorsk, the scene of Pechorin's duel with Grushnitsky in

Princess Mary

, was also to be the place where…

1987 words

Citation: Reid, Robert. "Geroi nashego vremeni". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2006 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16890, accessed 22 June 2024.]

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