Oblomov EasyRead Comfort Editionby Ivan Goncharov
Written with sympathetic humor and compassion, this masterful portrait of upper-class decline made Ivan Goncharov famous throughout Russia on its publication in 1859. Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia's dying aristocracya man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends, and found himself in debt. Too apathetic to do anything about his problems, he lives in a grubby, crumbling apartment, waited on by Zakhar, his equally idle servant. Terrified by the activity necessary to participate in the real world, Oblomov manages to avoid work, postpones change, andfinallyrisks losing the love of his life. This superb translation by David Magarshack captures all the subtle comedy and near-tragedy of the original.
"Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed"—Michael Wood, London Review of Books
“Long before Jerry Seinfeld and Samuel Beckett, there was Ivan Goncharov, a minor government official in czarist Russia, and his classic novel about an ordinary Russian aristocrat mired in his own extraordinary inertia.”—Chris Lehman, Bookforum
"You can''t help but be captivated by the ''rapture'' that Tolstoy spoke of when reading and rereading it."—Ron Rosenblum, Slate, A Slate Best Book of 2008
“The combination of Goncharov''s edits and Schwartz’s translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor."—Karen Vanuska, Quarterly Conversation
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Meet the Author
Ivan Goncharov (18121891) was the son of a rich merchant family, spent most of his life as a civil servant, and published three novels.
David Magarshack was known for his many translations from his native Russian, including works by Dostoyevsky.
Milton Ehre is Professor Emeritus of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Chicago.
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