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A Hero of Our Time
by Mikhail Lermontov

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Lermontov's Byronic hero, Grigoy Alexandrovich Pechorin, is an aristocratic officer in the Caucasus Mountains. Both sensitive and cynical, Pechorin seduces women, ends friendships, and ultimately finds himself alienated from those he should hold dear. Initially published in 1840, this celebrated and influential work of Russian literature was translated from Russian to English by Vladimir and Dmitri Nabokov in 1958, and Paul Foote in 1966.


World Literature is a member-led group. It's free to all members, and all are welcome to attend. Many of the selections discussed are critically acclaimed works translated into English. World Literature Meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of every month (excluding holidays).

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