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In its adventurous happenings–its abductions, duels, and sexual intrigues–A Hero of Our Timelooks 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 i ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 13th 2004 by Modern Library (first published 1839)
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Parthiban Sekar
Jan 28, 2016 Parthiban Sekar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parthiban by: Florencia
“I sing whatever comes into my head. It'll be heard by who it's meant for, and who isn't meant to hear won't understand.”


Free will is the ability to choose...No! I would like to believe so. But there are countless limitations and restrictions which make me wonder why we have been granted with it, if we are going to be judged and chastised for our choices. This is such an argument of a man, Pechorin, who is often alienated for his nullifying philosophical and vilifying romantic views.

There is so
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Florencia
Sep 19, 2015 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, russian
And now Childe Harold was sore sick at heart,
And from his fellow bacchanals would flee;
'Tis said, at times the sullen tear would start,
But pride congealed the drop within his e'e...

- Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage (Canto I, Stanza VI)

Another life that vanished too soon. Mikhail Lermontov was only 26 years old when he was killed in a duel. Same fate as another Russian genius, Alexander Pushkin, to whom he dedicated his poem "Death of the Poet": And thus he died - for vengeance vainly thi
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mai ahmd
Mar 26, 2014 mai ahmd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: روايات


جاءت هذه الرواية لتشعرني بالسعادة ، السعادة التي تأتي حين تشعر إنك تقرأ شيئا جميلا شيئا فارها يشعرك بلذة القراءة وأن هناك كاتبا يحترم قارئه لذلك يقدم له وجبة ستشعره بالشبع ، بالرغم من صغر سن هذا الكاتب حين كتب هذه الرواية اللذيذة .. نعم استطيع أن أطلق عليها لذيذة لأني إلتهمتها إلتهاما واستمتعت بها كمن تشبع من أغاني هذا العصر وتشوق لسيموفونية من ذلك الزمان البعيد

الملاحظ في هذه الرواية إنتقال السرد من شخصية لأخرى فتجد ليرمانتوف سرعان ما يسلم الحكاية ليد أخرى وقد جاء هذا الإنتقال السردي قمة في الت
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Chin Hwa
Nov 11, 2014 Chin Hwa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slavophilia, classics
One of the most interesting, eye-opening books I've read. I'm not that familiar with Russian literature, but the more I read, the more I'm falling in love with them. This book has got to be one of the most extended, sustained meditation on the egotistical mind of a young casanova. But strangely, the novel doesn't make me despise its protagonist. There is something intriguing, almost refreshing about the calculated cruelty yet disarming honesty of the protagonist. He knows he can't commit and say ...more
Mahdi
قهرمان عصر آن ها

راسکولنیکوف در جنایت و مکافات؛
ژولین سورل در سرخ و سیاه؛
بازاروف در پدران و پسران؛
راچستر در جین ایر؛
و حالا پچورین در قهرمان عصر ما.

عده ی بسیار بسیار بیشتری را می توان به این لیست اضافه کرد، ولی برای به دست آمدن تصویری کلی، همین کافی است: مردی جوان، با هوشی سرشار، تو دار، مغرور، عصبی مزاج و بدخلق و در عین حال شدیداً جذّاب، که هر وقت فرصت پیدا کند، در تحقیر دنیای رجّاله ها داد سخن می دهد و خود را قربانی پستی جهان و جهانیان می داند.
این تیپ شخصیتی، با خصوصیاتی کمابیش به همین شکل (
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Afshar
Jun 14, 2015 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مرگ من برای جهان و جهانیان ضایعه عظیمی نخواهد بود.خودم هم سخت از این زندگی کسل شده ام.من چون کسی هستم که در مجلس رقص خمیازه می کشد و فقط چون
...کالسکه اش نیامده نمی رود بخوابد.ولی کالسکه حاضر است


قهرمان دوران ، نمی خواهد نه تو و نه هیچ کس دیگه ای دوستش داشته باشی
مثه قهرمانان دیگر نیست که بخواد حس ترحمت را برانگیزد
و دلت بخاطر هانس شنیر از کاتولیک ها خون بشه

گاهی هم اگر کسانی را شیفته خود می کند از خود می پرسد: چرا این قدر در جلب محبت دخترک جوان اصرار می ورزم-در صورتی که به هیچ وجه قصد اغوایش را ندا
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Ahmed Oraby
Jan 28, 2015 Ahmed Oraby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
أجمل ما قرأت في الأدب الروسي!
Desislava
Dec 04, 2015 Desislava rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
“I was ready to love the whole world, but no one understood me, and I learned to hate.”

I have read some of Mikhail Lermontov poems before and I really liked them, so I'm glad I finally read his novel as well.

The setting for A Hero of Our Time (which is really a loosely connected string of short stories) is the wild Caucasian mountains. To 19th centrury Russian writers, the experience of the Caucasus (or the Asiatics) was of tremendous value as a gauge of the value of Russian civilization. Jux
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Barry Pierce
I've been meaning to read this one for a while. It's one of those Russian classics that's always on those lists. A Hero of Our Time has an interesting format. It's split into sections but these sections are all very different and sometimes don't even involve our "hero" Pechorin. This is all well and good but for a novel that's under 200 pages you'd think that Lermontov would have actually focused on some sort of plot instead of piss arseing around with the structure. Not to mention that this nov ...more
Mohamed Al Marzooqi

هنالك الكثير من الشخصيات التي ابتكرها الأدباء واستطاعت التحرر من سلطة الورق وتحولت مع مرور الوقت إلى كائنات حيّة تمردت على مبتكريها وتجاوزت في كثير من الأحيان شهرتهم.

شخصية "سي السيد" مثلاً التي ابتكرها نجيب محفوظ في ثلاثيته وأصبحت فيما بعد رمزًا للرجل الشرقي المتسلط نموذج لذلك. وشخصيات ويليم شكسبير أيضًا، بدءًا من "روميو" و"جوليت" وليس انتهاءً ب"هاملت" و"شيلوك" الذين لا يقلون شهرة عن شهرة مبتكرهم نفسه. كذلك شخصية "دون كيخوته" محارب الطواحين الذي فاقت شهرته شهرة خالقه ميغيل دي ثربانتس (كم عدد ال
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Terry
The shade of Byron, or perhaps more accurately of the Byronic hero (that petulant and brooding vampiric pretty boy that has fascinated us since the days of the famous celebrity-poet), looms large, though in a decidedly ironic fashion, in Lermontov’s _A Hero of Our Time_. The titular ‘hero’ Grigory Alexandrovich Pechorin, seen both from the outside and from within, displays from every angle the nearly perfect vision of the ‘tragic’ Byronic douche bag. From his ability to sway any woman with littl ...more
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Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgements
Suggestions for Further Reading
Map


--A Hero of Our Time

Notes
Debbie Zapata
Oct 13, 2015 Debbie Zapata rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have been dipping my toes into the waters of Russian Literature this year so when I needed to choose a title for my October Literary Birthday Challenge, I thought that A Hero of Our Time would make an interesting read.

I was wrong. It was not interesting, it was extremely annoying. At first I did not know who was supposed to be the hero. There was a nameless narrator who meets a soldier on the road and listens to his stories about another soldier. So which of the three was our hero? Turned out
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Mohammed
Feb 12, 2014 Mohammed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بعد قراءة بضعة روايات روسية من القرن التاسع عشر، تتولد لديك قناعة أن نبلاء تلك الحقبة كانوا حفنة من الكسالى غريبي الأطوار، يقضون نهارهم في التفلسف، ولياليهم في الحفلات الراقصة حيث تبحث الأمهات عن شخصيات لامعة لتزويج بناتهن، يواتيهم الملل فجأة ويلاقي نصفهم حتفه في مبارزة جراء خلاف كان يمكن أن ينتهي بشد الشعر أو لكمة في الوجه.

هذه صورة للمجتمع الراقي، خاو؟ ربما. سطحي؟ لعله كذلك. غير أن الأدب روسي عميق ومؤثر. فقط العباقرة هم من يمكنم خلق روايات خالدة من مجتمع كهذا. يعد ليرمنتوف من أواخر الكتاب الروم
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مروان البلوشي

أحببت هذا الكتاب، لدرجة أني شعرت بالغيرة من ميخائيل ليرمانتوف. وهناك 3 أسباب رئيسية جعلتني أشعر بالغيرة، وهي:

• أنه كتب هذه الرواية وعمره 25، أي أنه كان شاب غير ناضج بالكامل..ولكن أستطاع أن يملئه بالحكمة، وبتجاربه وتأملاته الحياتية حول الحياة.. بشكل مقنع، وغير مصطنع، أو دعائي بشكل رخيص.

• أفهم أن ليرمانتوف كان جزء من مدرسة فنية وشعرية منتشرة وسط مثقفي روسيا في ذلك الزمان، وهي الرومانتيكية. ولكن ليرمانتوف لم يكن جزءاً من القطيع..لم يفقد نضجه المبكر..أو قدرته على الحفاظ على مضمون كتابته المتجاوز لمب
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Basma
Oct 19, 2010 Basma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ترجمة د. سامي الدروبي.

بدأت بقراءة الرواية الوحيدة لـ ليرمونوف، وكالعادة مع هؤلاء الروس وجدت نفسي أفكر "لا أحد يكتب مثل الروس!".
سيطر علي إحساس "ديجافو" وأنا أقرأ، وكأني مررت هنا قبلا، مع أني الآن أترقب الآتي ولا فكرة لدي عما سيحدث.
وصلت إلى أن بوشكين هو مايحصل، هو سبب هذا الديجافو. يظهر لي بوشكين في القصائد الشرقية، الجنود المنفيين وحروب، جبال وحسناوات القوقاز.
مع انتهاء الثلث الأول من الرواية فكرت أن علي التمهل للتمتع أكثر بقراءتها. آسفني كونها الرواية الوحيدة، كيف تكون الوحيدة! أتعرفون هذا الإ
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MJ Nicholls
An early Russian novel, arbitrarily patched together, but still regarded as a canonical work in the Steppes and the Westies. Pechorin is the titular hero, the time being 1840, and the hero being ironical. The most engaging part of the novel is the long epistolary Mary section, an early stab at a society tale mixed with a bracing duel scene. The other parts seem sloppy attempts to reproduce the Walter Scott tradition in a Russian idiom, especially with the spurious preface larks and the chopping ...more
K.D. Absolutely
Dec 15, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2008-2012)
This is an important Russian classic novel by Mikhail Lermontov (1814-1841) said to be among the influences of Fyodor Doesteovsky (1821-1881) and Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910). Prior to this book, I thought that Doeteovsky and Tolstoy were the oldest Russian writers. You see, whenever I look at their pictures especially those taken during their twilight years, i.e., with those white beard and wrinkly faces, my brain could not think that they also had their influences in terms of writing style. I ...more
Hadrian
Dec 25, 2012 Hadrian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not really a novel, but instead a collection of short stories about a central character - the anti-hero Pechorin, and his adventures in the mountainous frontiers of the Caucasus. It's somewhere between a psychological realism in the diary entries of our brooding, bored, and manipulative Pechorin; a romantic view of nature, princess, bravery, tribes and Cossacks; and even a sort of lyric style evident in the language. (or at least a lyricism which survives translation).

Pechorin's fatalism
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Junta
Nov 21, 2015 Junta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Russian classics or Byronic Heroes
Recommended to Junta by: My father
Shelves: russian, translated
With his book, the young Lermontov, only twenty-six when he wrote A Hero of Our Time, called the Russian novel into being...In turn, Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, and Tolstoy were each influenced by Lermontov - his metaphysics, his ironic stances, and his descriptions of the Caucasus. - Natasha Randall

It is arguably true that Lermontov had a more lasting impact on the shape and contours of the Russian novel than either Pushkin or Gogol. A Hero of Our Time possesses three of the most central characterist
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Fatema Hassan , bahrain




قصيدة / ميخائيل ليرمنتوف
التي رثى بها بوشكين مما أدى لغضب السلطات منه ونفيه للقوقاز

" موت الشاعر"

مَاتَ الشَّاعر !

سَقَطَ شهيداً

أسيراً للشرفِ

*

الرصاصُ في صدرِه يَصرُخُ للانتقام

والرأسُ الشَّامِخُ انحنى في النهاية

مَات !

.

فَاضَت رُوحُه بالألَمِ من الافتِراءات الحًقيرة

حَتَّى الانفِجَار ..

وَقَفَ وحيداً في المواجهة وها قد قُتل !

قُتِل !

.

فَكُلُّ نُوَاحٍ الآن عَقيم

وَفَارِغةٌ تَراتِيلُ الإطرَاء

وَهَمهَمَات الأسَى الكَسِيح

.

ونحنُ نُحملقُ في إرادةِ الموت !

وَبَعد – فهل أنَتُم أبرِيَاء

يَا مَن حَاصرتُم في قَسوةَ

مَو
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Yani
Oct 08, 2015 Yani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Al principio no me convencía, pero terminó mejor de lo que esperaba. Tiene sus vueltas y varios pasajes que me sacaron de quicio. Más allá de eso, Un héroe de nuestro tiempo es un libro respetable, dinámico por momentos y tiene una estructura fragmentaria que lo vuelve menos convencional. Literariamente, es otra de las obras cuyo centro es un protagonista decepcionado y aburrido, predispuesto a vengarse de la vida por no encontrarle el sentido… y porque tampoco nadie se lo encontró a él.

Es co
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Polomoche
Aug 25, 2010 Polomoche rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is so good we really need to start with the translator's note.

First published in 1840, 'A Hero of Our Time' was translated to English by Nabokov in 1958, framing the experience wonderfully for the modern reader. We have been directed here by the highest of references and are being led through by his very capable hand, as if a master chef not only recommended a fine restaurant, but went with you and helped order and explain all the courses. One is thus pleasantly reassured before even
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Rowena
Mar 24, 2014 Rowena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So my GP recommended this book to me in between taking my blood pressure and peering in my son's ears. 60 pages in, and I was thinking I'm better off sticking to specialist referrals than book recommendations from my doctor. But I persisted and finally I got to Pechorin's diary and suddenly I was completely hooked ... my doctor was right, it is a marvellous book (someone just should have taken a red pen to that first section ... rather unnecessary, in my humble opinion ...)

What I had initially e
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Frankie
Jul 11, 2010 Frankie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russian
Dostoevsky makes several allusions to Lermontov's Pechorin as the first literary type of the nihilist of the disillusioned Russian generation coming of age in the late nineteenth century. This is what brought me to Lermontov. What repelled me, until now, was the impression I had of him as a Byronic writer. Happily, and after reading some of his verse and this novel, I find that he's more influenced by Pushkin than Byron. In fact, he seems to be winding Byron up.

The delightful sarcasm, even of th
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Kelly
I've been asking myself since I finished this book what exactly I got out of it. It centers on an anti-hero named Pechorin who is something of a mix between Don Draper, Lord Byron and a petulant teenager. This combination certainly qualifies him as among the worst men one could ever choose to get involved with (a fact borne out by his many affairs), but I haven't decided if it also qualifies him as uninteresting as a choice for a character study. (Lermontov's preface tells us out right that Pech ...more
هيفاء

أقل من المتوقع! لا تقرأ رواية بآمال كبيرة حتى لا تُصدم بالواقع!

اقتباس:

*الأفكار مخلوقات عضوية، ولادتها تهب لها شكلًا، وشكلها هو الفعل. والذي تولد في ذهنه الأفكار أكثر من غيره، يفعل أكثر من غيره. ويتبع ذلك أن العبقري إذا سُمّر على كرسي الوظيفة فإما أن يموت وإما أن يجن، مثله كمثل من أوتي جسمًا قويًا، إذا عاش حياة خاملة ساكنة ولم ينفق من قوته شيئًا، مات بسكتة القلب.
Andrei Tamaş
Oct 17, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Proiecție a micului aristocrat rus din secolul al XIX-lea. Cartea surprinde manierele, prezența spiritului și abilitatea socială a lui Pechorin, dar și desfrânarea și instabilitatea lui, fapt ce a aruncat volumul în mrejele tipografiilor din blocul comunist.
Zainab Al-rifai
منذ زمن لم أقرأ رواية بهذا الجمال وأستمتع بها إلى هذا الحد،
إذا كنتم مثلي من عشاق أدب الرحلات ، السير والمذكرات ، القصص والحكايات ، وصف الطبيعة الساحر بالإضافة إلى شيء من الحكمة ،
فهذه الرواية هي أفضل مايمكنكم قرأته ويجمع كل ذلك.
Omar BaRass
Jan 21, 2013 Omar BaRass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
وبين كل الفهود والعقارب والسعادين وبنات آوى
والعقبان والأفاعي الكلاب
وكل الوحوش التي تزمجر وتدمدم وتزحف
داخل نفوسنا الآسنة الوضيعة
هناك واحد هو أشدها دمامة وخبثًا ونجاسة
وهو، وإن كان قليلالحراك ضعيف الصوت
مستعد بجولة واحدة أن يصنع من الأرض أنقاضًا
وبتثاؤبة واحدة أن يبتلع العالم
إنه الضجر الذي يحلم بالمشنقة وهو يدخن نرجيلته
وفي عينيه تلتمع دمعة لاإرادية
- إلى القارئ لبودلير -
“ إن قيمة كل مكونات العمل تمنح لنا عبر ردود فعل البطل إزاء الموضوع”
-ميخائيل باختين -

لا أدري هل سأفسدها على أحدهم أو لا، لكن وجب التنو
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Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov (Михаил Юрьевич Лермонтов), a Russian Romantic writer, poet and painter, sometimes called "the poet of the Caucasus", was the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin's death. His influence on later Russian literature is still felt in modern times, not only through his poetry, but also by his prose.

Lermontov died in a duel like his great predecessor poet, Ale
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