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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 aristocracya 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 apatheti

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Published September 27th 2005 by Penguin Group (USA) (first published 1859)
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Nov 24, 2012 knig rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to knig by: howl of minerva
Shelves: classics, favourites, 2012
I know I’m not going to do Oblomov justice: this is what happens when I’m in awe. I’m much better really at slagging books off. Masterpieces leave me ‘I’m not worthy’ tongue-tied.

Oblomov is so big he’s become a word in Russian: ‘oblomovschina’. As in, the Russian dictionary. To mean ‘Godot-ism’ or an existential couch-potato. The man is wedded to his couch: life bubbles all around him at super sonic speed, but Oblomov: well, he....reclines. He lays about 24/7, and then he dies. The end.

But. And
Riku Sayuj
A slow, sad poem weaving through to an end that is left revealed to the reader from the beginning. To read this book is like watching the waves on a lonely beach, you know what will happen next, but it is beautiful to just sit and watch...

But, maybe it is best to let the book describe its own message? -

Yes; such is the payment exacted for the Promethean fire. You must not only endure, you must even love and respect, the sorrow and the doubts and the self-questionings of which you have spoken: f
The novel Oblomov was written between Russia's defeat in the Crimean War and the Emancipation of Serfs. Between two profound shocks to a society which had been drifting along inertly, yet with profound self confidence, in the rut dug out by Peter the Great ((view spoiler)).

Oblomov is the eponymous central character of the novel (hero in this case would be an entirely inappropriate choi
Elizabeth (Alaska)
I think this isn't for everyone, but if you have liked other Russian literature, you might want to give this one a chance. At the beginning I was laughing out loud over some very humorous language about corrupt civil servants, and by the end my eyes were tearfully hot with sadness.

From this book, a word has been coined: oblomovism. It is defined as indolent apathy. To me, this misses the point. Oblomov is a dreamer. He has dozens of plans for his life, he simply doesn't get around to them. But p
This is the story of a man who does nothing... or almost nothing. Literally. It takes him over a hundred pages to get out of bed.

Sound dreadful? Well, here's a surprise - it isn't. Oblomov is one of the great creations of Russian literature, a man who prefers idleness and daydreaming to action, and reminiscing about the past to forging ahead in the future. Oblomov is not merely indolent, however; he is also something of an endearing innocent.

When Oblomov is coaxed out into the world by a frien
I think this might be my favorite novel, at least think this might be the most perfect novel I have ever read. Yet, I am not surprised that this novel is not as popular as other Russian classics. Its merit and preciousness lie in its subtleties. This book has no sudden outbursts of emotion, no unbelievable plot twists, and that is precisely why it is so brilliant. The emotional and intellectual depth of this novel is something that one seldom encounters, but one is able to see that only when one ...more
Finish Powerball brilla meno di Goncarov

Ho sprecato almeno dieci minuti della mezz'ora che ho a disposizione all'internet-caffè, a inventarmi un titolo accattivante per questa recensione. All'inizio avevo pensato a Oblomoviglioso, poi ho alzato lo sguardo e i miei occhi si sono posati sui bicchieri fumanti che la banconiera toglieva dalla lavastoviglie con mani in apparenza ignifughe. E TA-DAAA... il plagio dello spot pubblicitario si era ormai compiuto.

Adesso viene la parte difficile: tener des
MJ Nicholls
I adore classic Russian literature, more so than classic English or American. It was always a regret of mine that I never got to study any Russians, having opted to do an English/Scottish university degree in 2004. Still: regrets, regrets.

Oblomov is a sentimental satire, poking fun at the indolence of the landed gentry and the indecision of the ruling class leading to ruin and shame. The hero is a dreamer who struggles to get out of bed until one day he meets Olga, who he woos and courts and the
David Lentz
If life, as Balzac asserts, is a human comedy, then Oblomov has a memorable role in it. His existential question is not whether to be or not to be, as Hamlet advises, but rather to act or not to act: "to stay or move on." Oblomov is a quietist: that is, he finds action, if not impossible, then ultimately futile. This question is asked again in Waiting for Godot when the two main players determine to go and remain frozen in their places as the curtain falls on the tragi-comedy. Goncharov's work a ...more
Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
A yahoo search led me to the information about a book published by an unknown author in 1919 in Manila entitled Buhay na Pinagdaanan ni Juan Tamad na Anac ni Fabio at ni Sofia sa Caharian nang Portugal (Tagalog for "The Life lived by Juan Tamad, son of Fabio and Sofia, in the Kingdom of Portugal") which contains a poem consisting of 78 pages of four-line stanzas at seven stanzas per page. It tells of how Juan Tamad was born to a couple named Fabio and Sofia, and his adventures in Portugal.
In 195
This book is a complete delight. Comic and profound is a tricky combination to pull off, but Oblomov has it to perfection. Oblomov himself is a magnificent comic character, at the same time sympathetic and ridiculous, hyperbolic and quite realistic. He defines an archetype in the same way as Don Quijote does (I was reminded quite a bit of Cervantes reading this novel).

Oblomov is physically the antithesis of Quijote: he’s a monstrous slob, who spends the first—hilarious—hundred pages of the book
Sep 06, 2010 Terence rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All and sundry, especially Russ. Lit fans
Recommended to Terence by: NYRB review
I’m going to have to review Oblomov on two levels. First on its merits as a novel; and then as a book that worked on me on an especially personal level.

In the first instance, as a novel, Oblomov is a success. Solely on its merits, I would give it three stars without compunction and recommend it to all my GoodReads friends. Ivan Goncharov divides his somnolent epic into four parts. Part I, in which our hero, Ilya Ilich, barely manages to get out of bed, is the most consciously humorous and satiri
Oblomov is cursed with a mixture of apathy, lethargy, and depression- something that can only be described as the disease of Oblomovka. His condition manifests itself in comical but gradually serious scenarios.

The plot of the book might seem uneventful whilst reading, but once you reach the last page and contemplate what you have just read, you realize that the moral behind the story weighs plenty in terms of significance.

Goncharov has a firm understanding of the impact of childhood in an adult
i'm glad many people here liked the book, which is one of my most favorite among Russian literature. I'm even more glad since very few Russian people seem to like it or it's main hero.

I would like to offer you my point of view on Oblomov. To me, it's difficult to talk about his "salvation", for he's nothing to be saved from. Neither he nor the author (who himself bore strong resemblance to his protagonist) believe he needs to be saved. He lives the life of a "poet and philosopher", as we hear in
Maryam Shahriari
خيلي كتاب باحالي بود!

وقتي ميخوندمش كاملاً تحت تاثير ابلوموف قرار گرفته بودم و مثل اون تنبل شده بودم! تا ميشستم به خوندنش خوابم ميگرفت!
يه شب كه فردا صبحش بايد زود بيدار ميشدم ولي خوابم نميبرد، شروع كردم به خوندنش تا بخوابم. ولي از شانس من رسيده بود به اونجا كه ابلوموف عاشق شده بود و از اون تنبلي در اومده بود! مگه خوابم برد ديگه!!!


تنبلی، سستی ، بیکارگی ، تن آسایی و خیالبافی. ایلیا آبلوموف تنبل ترین شخصیت داستانی تاریخه. حدود صد صفحه طول میکشه که از تختش پایین بیاد و از نوکرش بخواد جورابهاشو پاش کنه. آبلوموف آدمیه که عملن از انجام هر کاری عاجزه. کل داستان مشخصه که دور این آدم میگذره ولی کتاب خسته کننده نیست.

آبلوموف سست ، تنبل و خیالبافه ولی این کل موضوع نیست. رمان خیلی بیشتر و عمیق تر از شرح سکون و تن آسایی یک ارباب زاده ی روسه .آبلوموف بیشتر از این که درباره ی یک شخص باشه درباره ی زوال یک نظام اقتصادی (فئودالیسم) و ظهور د

Serge Diaghilev, founder of the Ballet Russe, commissioned Russian composer Anatol Liadov to compose the music for a new ballet called "The Firebird." As the date for rehearsals was fast approaching, Diaghilev contacted Liadov to inquire as to the status of the work. Liadov, a notoriously lazy guy, cheerfully responded that he had just purchased some beautiful score paper. Enraged and panicky about the short time left, Diaghilev asked Rimsky Korsakov if he would perhaps recommend one of his more ...more
In my opinion, the greatest of all Russian novels. Enough with your Tolstoys and your Dostoevskys – Goncharov’s sleepy procrastinator is the true pinnacle of the nineteenth century Russian miracle.

The book is really three novels in one, a kind of triptych, a compendium of Russian literary genres: the first section (Book One) is a Gogolian comedy of manners, wrapped around a glorious nostalgic dream sequence; the second section (Books Two & Three) is a Turgenevian love story, full of hope an
شروع استخوندار آبلوموف ایوان گنجاروف، به نیمه نرسیده از نفس میافته و «روایت ملال»، خودش ملالانگیز میشه. اونقدر که بیهیچ عذاب وجدانی، میتونی صفحه به صفحه رد کنی و جاهایی رو بخونی که خودت دوست داری. اما همین نصف اولین رمان، اونقدر کشش داره که بخوای بخونیش؛ روابط و مناسبات آبلوموف با نوکرِ خونهزادش، زاخار، اونقدر خوب پرداخت شده که حتی شاید بشه اون بخش از رمان رو به شکل یه داستان کوتاه، مجزا از رمان، خوند و لذت برد. اما این وسط، یکی دو صفحهی معرکه از رمان بدجور درگیر میکنه آدم رو.

اینکه چطور میشه یه
Nick Wellings

Yup, I got spoilers.

Like a lot of good stories, Oblomov is a fairy story, in the true to the roots-of-its-hair sense: there’s action, admonition and then deserts (comeuppance): During the whole thing, Oblomov’s personal wheel of fortune barely completes a few desultory resolutions before his fate's sealed (ultimate tragico-ironic condensation of life: the last glimpse of him we see if actually of the urn containing his ashes, the dead and useless precipitate of a dead and wasted life). Before we
Ilya Ilich Oblomov is a nobleman with worries, when we first meet him. Firstly, he is being asked to move apartment - when he can scarcely be bothered to leave his couch. Secondly, his baliff has written, asking him to return to the countryside and deal with problems on his family estate. For Oblomov, despite his inertia, is the owner of 350 souls - a landowner and a member of the nobility. However, he has gone from a spoilt and lazy child to a man is simply unable to rouse himself to deal with ...more
If Oblomov was alive today, he would be ripping a bong while he's in bed. He might represent the decadence of 19th Century Russia, but he just reminded me of every mid-20s slacker I know in Seattle.

Imaginary IM conversation between me and 21st Century Oblomov:

Andrew: what are you up to today?
Oblomov: not much, hanging out, smoking some grass.
Andrew: word.
Oblomov: check out this video yo
it's mr bucket
remember mr bucket?

Much like these dudes I know, Oblomov just can't move beyond childhood, and ra
lyell bark
it would take me several thousand pages to even get out of bed, so congrats to oblomov for being the better man than i. + he gets a girlfriend and a wife, which i couldn't do even if i had all the pages in the world to do it.
Alun Williams
My mother frequently used to accuse me of being "like Oblomov" when I was a teenager, and probably later on as well, so when I came across Oblomov in my father's attic this year, I thought I should read the book at last.

It is the only book I can recall reading where the main character is still in bed 40 pages in, and still not washed and dressed when he falls asleep again at about page 100 (despite the scoldings from his faithful but truculent man-servant Zakhar who is perhaps the most entertain
Pat nezinu kamdēļ tas Oblomovs man ir tik mīļš un sidij tuvs!! Varbūt brīžiem velku paralēles ar sevi? Nezinu gan, bet iespējams.

Oblomovs ir cilvēks, kas salūzt zem spiediena un glābjas, bāžot galvu smiltīs. Oblomovs nevar saņemties. Mīksts cilvēks, bet es viņu vienkārši mīlu.
Arī citi personāži grāmatas lappusēs atdzīvojas. Hroniskais parādnieks, kukuļņēmējs pēc dabas, cilvēks ne šis-ne tas u.c. Un protams Zahars. Ak, šis Zahars!Ak šis vecais noplukušais sētas krancis! Zahars ar savu lojlitāti s
Великолепный роман Ивана Гончарова об столь широком явлении в жизни людей как личностном застое, апатии и медленном угасании человека.

И ещё очень много важных тем автор рассматривает на страницах своей книги. Это и высокая нравственность героев, уважительные отношения, прекрасные истории любви, показываются примеры "потерянных жизней" людей, присутствует и коварные люди, которые подобно волкам паразитируют и питаются за счёт изъянов не стойких личностей.

Самое прекрасное в романе это то как Иван
خطر لو رفتن پایان داستان

این کتاب رو با یه سرخوشی ای شروع کردم به خوندن. راستش اولها کلی هم به زاخار و ایلیا ایلیچ و بقیۀ بر و بچه ها خندیدم. شتولتس که وارد ماجرا شد تازه کتاب راه افتاد و وقتی هم الگا اومد دیگه تقریباً کتاب رو زمین نذاشتم تا فصل آخر... ولی بعد از به هم خوردن رابطۀ آبلوموف و الگا دیگه دلیلی ندیدم کتاب رو ادامه بدم. نه که مشتاق داستانهای عشقی با پایان خوش باشم، ولی یه جور همذاتپنداری داشتم با آبلوموف و واقعاً وقتی امید رستگاریش از بین رفت هیچ خوشم نیومد. به خصوص که ورق زدم و دیدم ب
A book about a man who doesn't get out of bed...much. This is a brilliant book, but I can't explain why. Well, first it is funny, then it is sad. I think this is just one you have to read for yourself.
Reader: "... book? Book, where are you?"

Book: *stretch* "I'm here." *yawn*

Reader: "Book, why aren't you talking to me?"

Book: "Because I have to make this plan, that which I made, and I'm very too scared of talking to you because since I always repeat myself and have to edit cross things out."

Reader: "But what can be so difficult about talking to me?"

Book: "Well, I have to think of this and of this and I have to do so much more before I can talk to you."

Reader: "So why don't you do it, then?"

Simon Hollway

However if I had, I would probably say things like, for an apathetic layabout, Oblomov can be exquisitely eloquent and his vision of an ideal lifestyle is essentially rather engaging. I simply can’t see him as a figure of fun nor as an anti-hero – he sounds to me like an Epicurean, in the philosophical sense, and stays true to his utopia, however lowly it might be.

If this were a book about sloth and the entropy of the Russian aristocracy in the mid-19th Century it would not be as riveting
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Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov (Russian: Иван Александрович Гончаров) was a Russian novelist best known as the author of Oblomov (1859).

Иван Александрович Гончаров русский писатель; член-корреспондент Императорской Академии наук по Разряду Русского языка и словесности (1860).
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“When you don't know what you're living for, you don't care how you live from one day to the next. You're happy the day has passed and the night has come, and in your sleep you bury the tedious question of what you lived for that day and what you're going to live for tomorrow.” 49 likes
“A close, daily intimacy between two people has to be paid for: it requires a great deal of experience of life, logic, and warmth of heart on both sides to enjoy each other’s good qualities without being irritated by each other’s shortcomings and blaming each other for them.” 35 likes
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