A Hero of Our Time by Mikhail Lermontov was published in 1840. Set in the Russian Caucasus in the 1830s, the novel relates a series of adventures by the military officer Pechorin during his travels in the Caucasus. He kidnaps the daughter of a Circassian tribesman, becomes entangled with a group of smugglers, and tries to win the affection of a Muscovite princess while having on an affair with his former lover Vera. Pechorin is a nihilist whose melancholy goes hand in hand with a constant cynicism and sense of boredom. The novel was hailed by great Russian writers like Gogol, Dostoevsky, and Chekhov.