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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 ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 13th 2004 by Modern Library (first published 1839)
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mai ahmd


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
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
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
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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Mohammed
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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Florencia
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 thir
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Basma
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 3 of 5 stars  ·  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
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 !

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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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Hadrian
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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Rowena
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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Polomoche
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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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.
Frankie
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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Tuck
i read the everyman's library knopf edition translated by vladimir and his son dmitri nabokov, so has wonderful introductions and timeline. and nabokov takes the young author to task (see david's excellent review to learn some of the long term implications of this novel and protagonist https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... ) on his many plot holes, mistakes, and repetition, but also allows for its modernity and its look at the cruel and lost class of progressive upper class in russian in earl ...more
Omar BaRass
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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David Lentz
Lermontov is a sleeper by which I mean that he is lesser known and read outside Russia than other immortals. This novel was recommended to me by a Russian friend from Georgia and I was delighted to find a germinal work influenced greatly by Pushkin and Lord Byron. I read Hero of Our Time after Pushkin's Eugene Onegin. Both Puskin and Lermontov were mad for Byron's poetry as he had earned a certain rock star status. Pushkin was intrigued by blending poetry into the novel as a literary structure i ...more
Mark
Nov 14, 2013 Mark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mark by: Nazish
Buddy read with Nazish

Dear Goodreads Review Box,

Guess what? There are no spiders currently inside the house! At least, not in the living room. When it turns cold, they often creep in. You know, looking for a place to winter. Why, upstairs, the ceiling corners of the bathroom harbor small families of arachnid throughout the winter. When I brush my teeth at night, I say g'night to them and they wave back. It's a nice winter habit. But downstairs, at least in the living room, and for the time bein
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Tyler
Dec 09, 2008 Tyler rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone
Shelves: 19th-century
In this book without a plot, Lermontov's only novel, the author sketches a creative portrait of his generation. I got a kick out of it, because the young generation always seems to suffer from the same moral defects, no matter which particular generation it is.

The so-called hero of this generation, its exemplar, is devoid of creditable feeling:

--- ... I'm incapable of friendship. Of two friends one is always the slave of the other, though often neither will admit it.

--- ... life has left me with
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selena
For a brief period after Pushkin’s death, Lermontov was Russia’s noted writer. He was the Byron of his time, with his romanticized ideals, novel without plot featuring his noted antihero. I’ve returned lately to Nabokov and am taking his advice on what to read (oddly, his favourites re-affirm the suggestions friends have lately given me).

Nabokov writes:

It would seem that all the veneration elderly critics have for A Hero is rather a glorified recollection of youthful readings in the twilight, an
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BoekenTrol
Jan 06, 2011 BoekenTrol rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LiniP
Recommended to BoekenTrol by: my professor for Russian literature
The Dutch version of this book I have read in my first year at university. Thought it was a great book. I loved the descriptions, the language, the venue (the Caucasus). For me reading Lermontov was the first 'meeting' with Russian literature, and it was love at first sight.
In my third year I read the Russian book, and liked it even better.

This English version of one of my favorite books I bought especially for the "Favorite Books Roundabout", so that the others in this ring, who do not read Du
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Laura
I love this book! I read it for class about a year ago and was kind of so-so about the whole thing. A few quotes caught my interest but nothing really stuck with me. When I picked it up again about a week ago for lack of other things to read, I immediately became entranced with the story and the landscape. Pechorin is really funny if you can forgive his indecencies, but as his own creator notes, "we almost always excuse what we understand."

My only gripe: who is this kid on the cover?? It totall
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DeeNa Ayman F.K.

جميلة هذه الرواية .. لمستني شخصياً .. فهذا البطل يذكرني بنفسي في كثير من الأمور ...


وضعها الكاتب على شكل خمس قصص .. تبدو لوهلة أنها غير مترابطة .. لكن حين تنهي الكتاب تجدها جميعاً تبلور الشخصية الرئيسية ...

ومما لفت نظري هذين الاقتباسين ::

".. لأن الطموح ليس إلا الظمأ إلى السيطرة، وغاية اللذة عندي أن أخضع من يحيط بي .."
".. لأنني في حقيقة الامر عاجز عن الصداقة، ذلك لأن أحد الصديقين لابد أن يكون عبداً للآخر .."

بطل غريب ... لكنه بطل من هذا الزمان !~
Shanmugam
What am I going to say something new about a book, which had been being read and hailed for the past 175 years? May be I will just write my lame observations and revisit this review when I remember about this book again.

For starters, protagonist is not an idealistic gentleman, he is just like me and you, cynical, calculative, manipulative, arrogant and emotionally unavailable. However, he is also sensitive and impulsive at times.

“I have an unfortunate character; whether it is my upbringing that
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.شهد
بطل من هذا الزمان هي إمعان عميق في الفراغ والضياع الداخلي اللذين اجتاحا حياة بتشورين وأوديا بمستقبله، وتشير بذلك إلى أبان نظام نيكولاي الأول المستبد وتأثيره عليه وعلى أبناء جيله كله، ليتوارى كل ما في حياتهم ويبقى اللاشيء طاغيًا عليها، الجدير بالذكر أن هذه الرواية كتبت في ذلك العهد وهذا ربما ما جعلها قوية حتى الآن بعد مرور 145 عامًا عليها.

جاء السرد في هذه الرواية متنوعًا ينتقل من يد لأخرى، بدءًا من مكسيم مكسيمتش صديق بتشورين، ووضوحًا من يد أخرى نشرت مذكراته للزمن آنذاك، بالنسبة إلى الأول كان ممت
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Kristen
"The full moon, red as the lurid glow of a fire, was just coming up over the jagged skyline of the housetops. The stars shone placidly in the dark-blue firmament, and I was amused at the thought that there once were sages who believed the heavenly bodies have a share in our wretched squabbles over a bit of territory or some other imaginary rights. Yet these lamps, which they thought had been lighted only to illuminate their battles and triumphs, still burn with undiminished brilliance, while the ...more
Antof9
I'm having a hard time formulating my thoughts on this book review! First, I wish I had read this first, or perhaps not immediately after Spring Torrents, as I didn't like it nearly as much as Turgenev's book.

One thing that jumped out at me right away and then throughout the book was noticeable in its similarity to Spring Torrents, and I even remarked on it in my review for that book: ". . .abandoned himself to those sensations of newly apprehended love which it is pointless to describe. He who
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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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