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Overview

Introduction by Richard Freeborn; Translation by Natalie Duddington

Pearl's new translation, the first major English-language publication of "Oblomov" in more than 50 years, succeeds exquisitely to introduce this astonishing and endearing novel to a new generation of readers.

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Editorial Reviews

Anton Chekhov

"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent.”—Anton Chekhov

Leo Tolstoy

Oblomov is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over Oblomov and keep rereading it.”—Leo Tolstoy

London Review of Books

"Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed"—Michael Wood, London Review of Books

Slate

"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

Quarterly Conversation

“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

Bookforum

“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

London Review of Books

"Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed"—Michael Wood, London Review of Books

Bookforum

“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

Slate

"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

Quarterly Conversation

“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

London Review of Books
"Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed"—Michael Wood, London Review of Books
Bookforum
“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
Slate
"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
Anton Chekhov
"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent.”—Anton Chekhov
Leo Tolstoy
Oblomov is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over Oblomov and keep rereading it.”—Leo Tolstoy
Quarterly Conversation
“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
Library Journal
Reaching back to 1859, Oblomov is Russian novelist Goncharov's best-known work, and this is the first new translation in more than 50 years. The book was praised by Tolstoy and others as one of their nation's great works. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300162288
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/2/2010
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 703,296
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov (1812-1891) was a Russian novelist best known as the author of Oblomov. He was born in Simbirsk (now Ulyanovsk); his father was a wealthy grain merchant. After graduating from Moscow University in 1834 Goncharov served for thirty years as a minor government official. In 1847, Goncharov's first novel, Obyknovennaia istoriia (usually translated into English as A Common Story), was published; it dealt with the conflicts between the excessive Romanticism of a young Russian nobleman, freshly arrived in Saint Petersburg from the provinces, and the emerging commercial class of the Imperial capital with its sober pragmatism. It was followed by Ivan Savich Podzhabrin (1848), a naturalist psychological sketch. Between 1852 and 1855 Goncharov voyaged to England, Africa, Japan, and back to Russia via Siberia as the secretary of Admiral Yevfimy Putyatin. His travelogue, a chronicle of the trip, The Frigate Pallada (The Frigate Pallas), was published in 1858 ("Pallada" is the Russian spelling of "Pallas"). His wildly successful novel Oblomov was published the following year, evolving from an 1849 short story or sketch entitled "Oblomov's Dream. An Episode from an Unfinished Novel" ("Son Oblomova"), published in "Sovremennik", No. 4. The short story was later incorporated into the finished novel as "Oblomov's Dream" ("Son Oblomova"), Chapter 9. The main character, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, was compared to Shakespeare's Hamlet who answers "No!" to the question "To be or not to be?". Fyodor Dostoyevsky, among others, considered Goncharov a noteworthy author of high stature. Turgenev, who fell out with Goncharov after the latter accused him of plagiarism (specifically of having used some of the characters and situations from The Precipice, whose plan Goncharov had disclosed to him in 1855, in Home of the Gentry and On the Eve), nevertheless declared: "As long as there is even just one Russian alive, Oblomov will be remembered!"
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2002

    superb

    A finely written protrait of a man to lazy to do anything.Illustrates the price of inaction and slothfulnes. A bit too long, but well worth the time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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