A masterpiece of Russian prose, Lermontov's only novel was influential for many later nineteenth-century authors, including Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov.
Lermontov's hero, Pechorin, is a dangerous man, Byronic in his wasted gifts and his cynicism, and desperate for any kind of action that will stave off boredom.
In five linked episodes, Lermontov builds up a portrait of a man caught in and expressing the sickness of his times.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages, maps
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 27/08/2009
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780143105633