Ivan Goncharov


Born
in Simbirsk, Russian Federation
June 18, 1812

Died
September 27, 1891

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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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The Precipice

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أبلوموف 2

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Ninfodora Ivánovna

3.54 avg rating — 24 ratings — published 1836 — 6 editions
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More books by Ivan Goncharov…
“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.”
Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov

“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.”
Ivan Goncharov, Oblomov

“I desire nothing, seek nothing but peace, the slumber of the soul. I have tasted all the hollowness and wretchedness of life and I despise it heartily. Whoever has lived and thought cannot but, in his soul, despise humanity. Activity, cares, worries, distractions - I am sick of them all. I wish for nothing, I seek nothing. I have no aim, for one gains that which one is eager for - and sees that it is all illusion. My joyous days have passed. I have cooled to them. In the educated world, amidst human beings, I feel the disadvantages of life too strongly, but alone, far from the crowd, I turn to stone. In this trance anything can happen, I see neither others nor myself. I do nothing and do not notice the actions either of others or myself - and I am at peace, I am indifferent. There can be no happiness for me, and I will not succumb to unhappiness.”
Ivan Goncharov, The Same Old Story

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Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov 586 pages
 
  12 votes, 29.3%

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy 964 pages
 
  9 votes, 22.0%

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 1392 pages
 
  7 votes, 17.1%

The Possessed - Fyodor Dostoyevsky World'S Best Edition (a.k.a Demons or The Devils) 768 pages
 
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