Oblomov

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Unlike some other reproductions of classic texts (1) We have not used OCR(Optical Character Recognition), as this leads to bad quality books with introduced typos. (2) In books where there are images such as portraits, maps, sketches etc We have endeavoured to keep the quality of these images, so they represent accurately the original artefact. Although occasionally there may be certain imperfections with these old texts, we feel they deserve to be made available for future generations to enjoy.
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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: 9781290299497
  • Publisher: HardPress Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2012
  • Pages: 330
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Freeborn is Emeritus Professor of English Literature at the University of London. He has translated and edited many novels by Turgenev, and is the author of Turgenev, the Novelist's Novelist, The Rise of the Russian Novel, and The Russian Revolutionary Novel.

Stephen Pearl (translator) was a simultaneous interpreter at the United Nations for more than thirty years and was Chief of English Interpretation there for fifteen years. He is a graduate of St. John's College, Oxford University with an M.A. in Classics.

Tolstaya was born in St. Petersburg. She has received a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and, in 2001, two major Russian literary awards. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, the New Republic, and other publications. After teaching at Princeton University and for many years at Skidmore College, she now lives in Moscow.

Galya Diment (Introduction) is Professor and Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Washington, Seattle. She edited Goncharov's Oblomov: A Critical Companion (Northwestern) and is the author of The Autobiographical Novel of Co-Consciousness: Goncharov, Woolf, and Joyce (University Press of Florida). Her other books include Pniniad: Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel (University of Washington), Between Heaven and Hell: The Myth of Siberia in Russian Culture (St. Martin's), and the forthcoming Approaches to Teaching Lolita (MLA).

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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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  • 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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  • 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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