A Fallen Idol Is Still a God: Lermontov and the Quandaries of Cultural Transition

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EIGHT
Conclusion
Lermontov 's Last Words

CULTURAL DISEASE

The very last words that Lermontov wrote in A Hero of Our Time are actu ally not part of the novel but come in the author's preface that Lermon tov added to the second edition, published in 1841, after the novel's initial publication in 1840 had provoked negative critical reactions. Lermontov says at its outset that this preface, like any other, is the “last thing,” as well as the first, in a novel, since it “serves as an explanation of the aim of the composition, or as a correction and response to criticism” (4: 183; 1). His preface serves both ends, underscoring the post-Romantic implications of the novel specifically for a post-Romantic public in Russia, but also for readers in the West.

Lacing his preface with sarcasm, Lermontov reproaches the reading pub lic for clinging to illusions and expectations that no longer fit the times and that—like Pechorin—they do not truly believe in. People have been “badly brought up,” he says, in a culture that has nurtured false assumptions about themselves and the world they live in. Lazily relying on bankrupt values,

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