Oblomov

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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 aristocracy—a 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 ...

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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 aristocracy—a 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, and—finally—risks losing the love of his life. This superb translation by David Magarshack captures all the subtle comedy and near-tragedy of the original.

  • Includes a new introduction and chronology of Goncharov's life and works

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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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: 9780140449877
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 610,464
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.86 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Ivan Goncharov (1812–1891) 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.

David Magarshack was known for his many translations from his native Russian, including works by Dostoyevsky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2006

    Liked Oblomov

    I read OBLOMOV from a recommendation and what actually made me to buy it was because my friend considered it to be one of his favorite book of all time. I agree with him about that. It is an amazing book. Not only that, I developed an interest in the author's other works. Nevertheless, this is a wonderfully written book It is an absolute masterpiece, a classic accepted in Russia and the rest of the world.UNION MOUK,THE ARTAMONOV BUSINESS,AND QUIET FLOWS THE DON are other good Russian stories I enjoyed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    PHENOMENAL

    This has got to be one of the deepest most insightful, yet easy to read books I have ever come across. Simply amazing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Loved it!

    Oblomov is a treasure! Anyone who enjoys Russian Literature will be fascinated with this story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2011

    Format practically unreadable.

    Love the book but this translation is full of typos and barely makes sense. I guess you get what you pay for.

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  • Posted April 19, 2010

    Oblomov is a must-read

    The hilarious, sometimes sad, tale of a certain man by the name of Oblomov. (Originally written in Russian). Oblomov himself is quite a character. Rich, lazy beyond reason, dirty and completely ignorant and oblivious of his surroundings, his life is in a state of crisis. He is being evicted, the feds are following him. How will he get out of this?
    This was a very interesting book. It was quite challenging, but I enjoyed it anyway. I don't suggest this book to most people, because it has a lot of Russian themes which might not make sense unless you are familiar with Russian culture and lifestyle.

    It seems most "Great Russian Novels" are about being Russian, more than anything else, and Goncharov's satire of a useless Russian nobility and a corrupt system of life rings true without being pedantic. There's something very warm and real in his characters, from the immensely forgettable Alexeyev to Oblomov's dear landlady and her "Bosom as firm as a sofa-cushion" and her always-working elbows.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

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    Terrific book from a more obscure Russian author!

    I approached "Oblomov" on a recommendation from a website that tends to recommend books that I enjoy. I was completely surprised and excited by how much I enjoyed this book. The narrative is engaging and enjoyable, and became for me a page-turner unlike most of the "classics" that I have committed to reading. The characters are not only wonderfully developed but they are all incredibly interesting people you end up caring for a great deal. Even the ultimately tragic Oblomov will frustrate you yet you will find yourself frustrated mostly because you want something so much better for him. Even the seemingly unimportant side-characters have remained ingrained in my mind a long while after finishing this book. The plot can move a tad slow at points but the parts where "little is happening" are usually filled with incredibly interesting and delightful depictions of daily life for each of these characters and there is an odd underlying rhythm to the book that keeps you moving forward excitedly and expectantly. Enjoy Oblomov!

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