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The novel evolved and expanded from an 1849 short story or sketch entitled "Oblomov's Dream". The novel focuses on the midlife crisis of the main character, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, an upper middle class son of a member of Russia's nineteenth century landed gentry. Oblomov's distinguishing characteristic is his slothful attitude towards life. While a common negative characteri ...more
Paperback, 586 pages
Published October 12th 2006 by Bunim & Bannigan Ltd (first published 1859)
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DCW I did a fair amount of research and ended up with Marian Schwartz as the clear recommended translator. Having just read it, I can attest that it was e…moreI did a fair amount of research and ended up with Marian Schwartz as the clear recommended translator. Having just read it, I can attest that it was excellent. Don't read inferior translations that ignore cultural subtlety. What's the point of reading it at all if you do!(less)
Denis Aristarhov Because of, all 'elite' was gathering in Jekaterinenhof and Oblomov, as nobleman, was ought to go there.

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Ilse
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, russia
It was the moment of solemn stillness in nature, when the creative mind works more actively, poetic thoughts glow more fervently, the heart burns with passion more ardently or suffers more bitter anguish, when the seed of a criminal design ripens unhindered in a cruel soul, when….everhtying in Oblomovka is peacefully and soundly asleep.

The hero of this delightful 19th-century Russian masterpiece is the melancholy and slothful landowner Ilya Ilyitch Oblomov, who spends about half of the book
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knig
Nov 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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. An
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İntellecta
Oblomov, by Ivan Goncharov

The novel shows the conditions in Russia before a long time. A declining nobility, harassed by energetic citizens. The characters in the novel represent the people we meet in our daily lives. Busy Stolz, lazy Oblomov, obstinate servant Sachar, false Tarantjew. The book is both magical and tragic. It also offers funny parts. Anyone who can get used to occasionally somewhat outdated formulations will find a real treasure here. It´s not only Oblomov that is remarkable here
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Ahmad Sharabiani
884. Oblomovka = Обломов = Oblomov, Ivan Goncharov
Oblomov is the second novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, first published in 1859. Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is the central character of the novel, portrayed as the ultimate incarnation of the superfluous man, a symbolic character in 19th-century Russian literature. Oblomov is a young, generous nobleman who seems incapable of making important decisions or undertaking any significant actions. Throughout the novel he rarely leaves his room or bed. In
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Vit Babenco
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There is a crustacean called a hermit crab that lives its entire life hiding from the world in a seashell… This is the way Ilya Ilyich Oblomov exists among other human beings…
He was a man of about thirty-two or three, of medium height and pleasant appearance, with dark grey eyes, but with a total absence of any definite idea, any concentration, in his features. Thoughts promenaded freely all over his face, fluttered about in his eyes, reposed on his half-parted lips, concealed themselves in the
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Jan-Maat
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
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Paul Bryant
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
If Oblomov was Hamlet the famous soliloquy would have been “To get off my arse or not to get off my arse, that is the question” but actually there wouldn’t have been a soliloquy because Oblomov wouldn’t have bothered with anything hard like that. There would just be the sound of light snoring. Never do today what you can put off till a week on Friday, he says.

It’s a fact that Oblomov spends the first 160 pages of this novel in bed or, having made a herculean effort to heave his body across the r
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MihaElla
Feb 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Life, and life only [of course, life does not follow logic, it has its own strange ways] keeps telling us in all the possible ways that there is a (big) difference between the male mind and the female mind, and their functioning is different, same as true polars. Although spiritually they are exactly the same, physiologically they are poles apart, and function in different ways. [for example, man is more physical and more extrovert than woman; the woman is more psychological and more introvert. ...more
Riku Sayuj
Jul 15, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r-r-rs, lit-fic
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
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J.
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
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
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João Reis
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book, though sometimes a bit too lengthy. I would write more about it, but I'm feeling too oblomovian to do it.
Alan
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A delightful account of the leisured upper class in Czarist Russia, touted by the Communists because it reveals the non-working class: in this case, Oblomov spends the first fifty pages in bed. When he finally gets out of bed (Ch.IV, pt I) he moves to "a large armchair, sank into it, and sat motionless." Lots of friends visit him, Tarantyev, Alexayev, and several others.
His servant Zakhar ("Grasping") steals small amounts, kopecks for drinking with his buddies, also whoring, which his master is
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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
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Kay
Aug 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: russian-lit, fiction
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
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Issicratea
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed, 1800-1900
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
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David Lentz
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Teresa
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I probably shouldn’t review this or rate it, as I realized too late I read an abridged edition. (I’m allergic to those.) So my rating is for the public-domain edition only, the earliest translated-into-English version.

In the beginning, with all the comings-and-goings in one room (the setting of which reminded me of A Journey Round My Room), the first chapters felt like a play—a Beckettian play, due to the absurd conversations and Oblomov’s futile attempts to put on his slippers, much less get up
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Bchara
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting story, that was mentioned to me by a friend with a good litteral taste. It has a subtle sense of humor, and explores the fighting spirit inside each of us.
Susan
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Terence
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  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
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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
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shakespeareandspice
This is a confusing book to review. The back of my copy has quotes from two Russian giants, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekov, claiming Oblomov as a must-read novel. Despite this, my expectations were less then what I ordinarily expect from a Russian novel because…well, it’s a book about a guy who is lazy. What can it really have to offer?

Upon finishing this, my response is the same as the one I had after finishing Don Quixote. Well…huh.

Oblomov, and oblomovism, introduces me to something that I haven
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lyell bark
Aug 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Travelin
Jun 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Like the phenomenal preface to this new translation, my review is in danger of making the book more interesting than the actual reading. The preface mentions that this was Lenin's favourite book. Is that because its author also came from Lenin's hometown? Probably not. Neither man returned to that or any other village life. Maybe this new translation from the Russian isn't the best. Then again, did Lenin really understand what he was reading when he spent all those years reading Hegel in Germany ...more
Mila
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russian
There is so much more to Oblomov than what one expects. A farce on laziness, a parable on the decline of the aristocracy of landowners at the dawn of the great social reforms in Russia, of course. But also a social satire, the story of a failed romance, a Virgilian poem of the Golden Age, a meditation on love, duty and happiness, everything so smoothly interwoven under the seal of a realistic account, perfectly plot-driven in the purest nineteenth century fashion. From the epilogue, indeed, we u ...more
Neale
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 and di
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Vladimir
Sep 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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
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Charbel
Jan 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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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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