One of the most important classics from Russian literatureNewly translated by Martin Parker & Neil CornwellIncludes the unfinished novel Princess LigovskayaCompetitively pricedA soldier in the Russian army stationed in the Caucasus, Mikhail Lermontov (1814-41) became a hugely famous and influential Romantic poet. His life was cut short in a duel with a fellow officer.On his travels through the wild mountainous terrain of the Caucasus, the narrator of A Hero of Our Time chances upon the veteran soldier and storyteller Maxim Maximych, who relates to him the dubious exploits of his former comrade Pechorin. Engaging in various acts of duelling, contraband, abduction and seduction, Pechorin, an archetypal Byronic anti-hero, combines cynicism and arrogance with melancholy and sensitivity. Causing an uproar in Russia when it was first published in 1840, Lermontov's brilliant, seminal study of contemporary society and the nihilistic aspect of Romanticism - accompanied here by the unfinished novel Princess Ligovskaya - remains compelling to this day.Alma Classics Evergreens is a series of popular classics. All the titles in the series are provided with an extensive critical apparatus, extra reading material including a section of photographs and notes. The texts are based on the most authoritative edition (or collated from the most authoritative editions or manuscripts) and edited using a fresh, intelligent editorial approach. With an emphasis on the production, editorial and typographical values of a book, Alma Classics aspires to revitalize the whole experience of reading the classics.
|Title:||AHero of Our Time|
|Author:||Mikhail LermontovMartin ParkerNeil Cornwell|
Neil Cornwell is Emeritus Professor in the School of Modern Languages at the University of Bristol. His books include the first study on Odoevsky in English - V.F. Odoevsky: His Life, Times and Milieu (1996) and The Literary Fantastic: From Gothic to Postmodernism (1990).