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 t…
Reid, Robert. "Geroi nashego vremeni". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2006; last revised 30 November -1.
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