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By Mikhail Lermontov

An excellent new translation of a perennial favourite of Russian Literature

The first significant Russian novel, A Hero of Our Time used to be either lauded and reviled upon e-book. Its dissipated hero, twenty-five-year-old Pechorin, is a gorgeous and magnetic yet nihilistic younger military officer, bored through lifestyles and detached to his many sexual conquests. Chronicling his unforgettable adventures within the Caucasus concerning brigands, smugglers, squaddies, competitors, and fanatics, this vintage story of alienation motivated 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 flicks and performs of Neil LaBute.

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Reuchlin, whose patronage of Jewish studies eventually led to his prosecution for Judaism, galvanized the German humanists into a movement; Erasmus played a crucial role in disseminating and popularizing the New Learning. Although Reuchlin and Erasmus are often depicted as examples of tolerant minds, the comments of both men will offend modern sensibilities. Judaeophobia is endemic to Renaissance writings. Anti-Semitic clichés entered the vocabulary and were used seemingly without reflection or conscious value judgment.

Oratio (Nuremberg, 1529) in defense of Reuchlin, against Hoogstraten, Ad principes . . oratio (Augsburg, 1530) in favor of war against the Turks. 22 MWA III:40. T 2:93, 22–24, “Hebraicos ipse plurimi faciebat et magno emerat; in humanists, jews, and judaism 11 At Catholic institutions, as well, the purpose of Hebrew studies was narrowly circumscribed. Students of Greek and Latin were usually introduced to a broad range of texts, including history, philosophy, and belles lettres, and encouraged to immerse themselves in the culture of ancient Greece and Rome.

40 Agrippa was, however, the only one of Reuchlin’s disciples, who did not limit himself to language studies and Old Testament exegesis, and projected an interest in other aspects of Hebrew culture. Like Reuchlin, he expressed the belief that Hebrew philosophy contained sparks of divine wisdom. In De triplici ratione cognoscendi Dei he explained that God sent “three books of knowledge” to the world: “the first book containing [the knowledge of ] created things was given to the Gentiles . . the second book of law and words was given to the Jews .

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