Oblomov

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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

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
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: 715,987
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Goncharov (1812–1891) was born in Simbirsk, Russia, and is the author of three novels. Goncharov’s short stories, essays, and memoirs were published posthumously in 1919. Marian Schwartz is a prize-winning translator of Russian fiction, history, biography, criticism, and fine art. She is the principal English translator of the works of Nina Berberova and translated the New York Times bestseller The Last Tsar, by Edvard Radzinsky. She lives in Austin, TX.

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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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