Oblomov: A Novel

Oblomov: A Novel

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by Ivan Goncharov, Marian Schwartz, Mikhail Shishkin

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The most modern of the great Russian novels, and the most modern, about a man who does nothing.  See more details below


The most modern of the great Russian novels, and the most modern, about a man who does nothing.

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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.
London Review of Books
"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
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

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Oblomov 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Jane-T-Smith More than 1 year ago
This has got to be one of the deepest most insightful, yet easy to read books I have ever come across. Simply amazing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oblomov is a treasure! Anyone who enjoys Russian Literature will be fascinated with this story.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book but this translation is full of typos and barely makes sense. I guess you get what you pay for.
steamyfan More than 1 year ago
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.
Rydda-Peredhil More than 1 year ago
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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