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In every book, the preface is both the first and the last thing; it either serves as an explanation of the composition’s purpose or as a justification and response to criticism. However, readers usually have no interest in the moral purpose and journal attacks, so they do not read prefaces. It’s a pity that it’s like this, especially for us. Our audience is still young and naive, not understanding fables if they don’t find moral lessons at the end.

Mikhail Lermontov, “A Hero of Our Time”

With these words, the well-known novel “A Hero of Our Time” by Mikhail Lermontov begins. It may seem that we analyzed it line by line in school, but rereading it after many years, everyone discovers it anew. These discoveries depend on life experience, family status, the influence of surroundings, and books read.

We have decided to reread it and share our thoughts, feelings, and observations.

Everyone interested in discussing the theme of Pechorin, meeting pleasant interlocutors over a cup of aromatic tea or coffee with the crunch of cookies or “Goose Feet,” is welcome to the literary salon, the last one this calendar year.

Language: Russian.

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