"A Hero of Our Time" is the novel by Mikhail Lermontov, published in 1840. It consists of three parts, but the course of the narrative is out of order. The main character, Grigory Pechorin, is the embodiment of a "superfluous" man. His suffering is reflected in the people around him. The hero of Pechorin is a collective image of a whole generation and its vices.