Pechorin, a bored and eccentric Russian hero, has a series of adventures
Proud, wilful and charismatic, Pechorin is Byronic in his wasted gifts and bored by his stifling world. With a predatory energy for any activity that will relieve his ennui, he embarks on a series of exciting adventures, involving smugglers, brigands, soldiers, rivals and lovers, and leaves a trail of broken hearts behind him.
In its adventurous happenings?its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues?A Hero of Our Time looks backward to the tales of Sir Walter Scott and Lord Byron, so beloved by Russian society in the 1820s and ?30s. In the character of its protagonist, Pechorin?the archetypal Russian antihero?Lermontov?s novel looks forward to the subsequent glories of a Russian literature that it helped, in great measure, to make possible.This edition includes a Translator?s Foreword by Vladimir Nabokov, who translated the novel in collaboration with his son, Dmitri Nabokov.(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)