Vladimir Nabokov

NABOKV-L post 0024964, Fri, 3 Jan 2014 16:23:04 +0300

Hero of Our Era in LATH
I recognized the critic Basilevski, his sycophants Hristov and Boyarski, my friend Morozov, the novelists Shipogradov and Sokolovski, the honest nonentity Suknovalov, author of the popular social satire Geroy nashey ery ("Hero of Our Era") and two young poets, Lazarev (collection Serenity) and Fartuk (collection Silence). (2.4)

The title of Suknovalov's social satire is a play on Geroy nashego vremeni ("A Hero of Our Time"), a novel by Lermontov (1840). The hero's name, Pechorin, comes from Pechora, a river in the NE European Russia, flowing from the Ural Mountains to the Arctic Ocean. The Archpriest Avvakum wrote his Zhitie in Pustozyorsk on the Pechora River, just north of the Arctic Circle, where he spent fourteen years incarcerated in an underground cellar and where on April 14, 1682, he was burnt at the stake (kaznyon v ognennom srube).

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