By Mikhail Lermontov
An excellent new translation of a perennial favourite of Russian Literature
The first significant Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time was once either lauded and reviled upon booklet. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a gorgeous and magnetic yet nihilistic younger military officer, bored by way of existence and detached to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures within the Caucasus regarding brigands, smugglers, infantrymen, opponents, and fanatics, this vintage story of alienation inspired Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov in Lermontov's personal century, and reveals its modern day opposite numbers in Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, the novels of Chuck Palahniuk, and the movies and performs of Neil LaBute.
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My position is that language and identity do not combine to form a discrete subject for this period. Understanding how they do at times connect is of course important for analyzing translation. But in the long run covered here, it is not often a transparent connection. This is also not a history of languages. The ninth century is textually but not linguistically important for English, French, Latin, or any of the other languages I will be discussing. As for the end date, the dawn of the thirteenth century was no particular moment in the status of any one language in Britain, nor in the relationships between those languages.
It begins: “The year commencing first of July, first all that I have since being here in England; from the bishop of Exeter one mark, twice” (lines 1–4, trans. M. Beit-Arié, The Only Dated Hebrew Manuscript Written in England (1189 CE) and the Problem of Pre-Expulsion Anglo-Hebrew Manuscripts [London, 1985], 35). Oxford, Corpus Christi College 133, fol. 350. By permission of the President and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Oxford. 19 The second issue is the chosen time span for this study: the ninth-century viking invasions to the late twelfth-century world of the Angevins, roughly c.
Be that as it may, no method will answer all questions, and many of the questions I try to answer could not be approached as well with a limited number of case studies. There are two things that this book is not. It is not directly a study of identity—though the issue is considered in chapter 1 and elsewhere. My ninth-century starting date, with its Alfredian climax, is not meant to signal the creation of English identity as my theme, or as my conclusion’s foil, for that matter. The nineteenth century bequeathed to us a romantic nationalism that celebrated a people’s language as not only a necessary element of its independent existence, but also in many cases the key to its culture’s values.