A Hero of Our Time

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A Hero of Our Time (Geroy nashego vremeni) is considered the most profound and remarkable novel of a famous Russian writer and poet Mikhail Lermontov. It was published in 1840 and is an example of classical traditions in the Russian literature describing the contemporary views and the way of living of the society. The main character is a Russian aristocrat Grigory Pechorin who gets bored of his usual life and serving as an officer for the tsar army, travels to the Caucasus. Possesing many good traits, such as courage, strong will and high moral principles, he is at the same time very egoistic and self-centered who lost his belief in everything in this world. The main character attracts women but handle them as toys. At the same time he neglects help and friendship from other men. The novel gives a deep insight of his inner feelings and describes the events that happen to Pechorin in the Caucasus. Eventually he destroys himself so that he does not value his life and dies in a duel. With this novel Mikhail Lermontov introduces the new way of composing the story: the narration is given in nonchronological order. This method was widely used later on by such famous Russian novelists as Fyodor Dostoyevsky and Leo Tolstoy.
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