Oblomov was considered a satirical portrait of the Russian aristocracy, who no longer had a useful role in society. Oblomov is a nineteenth century Russian landowner brought up to do nothing for himself. He, like his parents, only eats and sleeps. He barely graduates from college and cannot force himself to do any kind of work, feeling that work is too much trouble for a gentleman. His indolence results finally in his living in filth and being cheated consistently. Even love cannot stir him. Though he realizes his trouble and dubs it 'Oblomovism,' he can do nothing about it. Eventually his indolence kills him, as his doctors tell him it will.
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"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent."-Anton Chekhov -- Anton Chekhov "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 -- Leo Tolstoy "Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed"-Michael Wood, London Review of Books -- London Review of Books "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 -- Slate "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 -- Quarterly Conversation "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 -- BookforumAbout the Author:
Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891) Russian writer, is best-known for his humorous novel OBLOMOV (1859), a leading work in Russian Realism.
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. (16th). Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140440402
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1978. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140440402