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Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, when idleness was still looked upon by Russia’s serf-owning rural gentry as a plausible and worthy goal, Ivan Goncharov’s Oblomov follows the travails of an unlikely hero, a young aristocrat incapable of making a decision. Indolent, inattentive, incurious, given to daydreaming and procrastination, Oblomov clearly predates the ...more
Paperback, 553 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Yale University Press (first published 1859)
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Nov 19, 2012 knig rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Riku Sayuj
Jul 15, 2011 Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lit-fic, r-r-rs
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
Metin Yılmaz
Mar 31, 2017 Metin Yılmaz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
Oblomovluk nedir ne değildir? Aslında tembellik değil yapmak istememek. Hayallerinin olması ama onları gerçek yapmak istememek her zaman hayal olarak kalsınlar demek belki.
Kitabın başında yataktan çıkmayan Oblomov kitabın ortalarında aşk ile tanışıyor sonunda ise beklenmeyen bir biçimde ilerliyor hayatı. Biraz uzun zamanda ve Olga ile olan klasik aşk maceralarında biraz sıkılmış olsam da güzel bir kitaptı Oblomov. Sonunda ise, az biraz beklediğim sonu buruk bir gülümseme ile okudum.
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
Aug 05, 2007 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 15, 2015 Perihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Hep hayata başlamaya hazırlanıyor, kafasında geleceğin planını çiziyor, fakat her yıl bu plandan bir şeyler atıyordu."

Bu kitap elinizdeyse ve siz hala okumadıysanız çok şey kaybediyorsunuz demektir.
Son zamanlarda okuduğum en iyi kitaplardan biriydi.
Dili akıcı, hikaye durup durup bir yerlere götürücü...
Bitirince de sanki bir gün boyunca, bir sahil kenarında hiç kalkmadan oturmuş, dalgalar eşliğinde bu kitabı okumuş gibi bir hisle doluyorsunuz.
Diyeceğim şu ki, 'Oblomovluk' yapıp bu kitabı okumayı
Feb 22, 2017 Ezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: klasik, yabancı, russian
Oblomov’luk ne güzel iş. İsteyen istediği kadar acısın Oblomov’a. Hayallerle gerçekleri karıştırdığı belirli zamanlarda, özellikle kendini Oblomovka’da zannederken onun aslında bir cennette yaşamadığını kim iddia edebilir? Oblomov, tüm hayatı boyunca pamuklara sarmalanmış, o pamuklardan hiç çıkamamış ve hayata hiç karışamamış. Oblomov’un Oblomov oluşu çocukluğunda gizli elbette. Hayatını pek çok defa kurtaran ve sadakatle bağlı olduğu en yakın arkadaşının yetiştiriliş tarzı ile kendi yetiştirili ...more
Andrei Tamaş
Mar 02, 2015 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
M-am regăsit în acest roman mai mult decât în oricare alt roman rusesc. *Sorry, Dostoievski*
Desigur, Goncearov e incomparabil cu geniul lui Dostoievski, însă felul în care descrie lucrurile, felul acela pragmatic, liber, de parcă bunicul tău ţi-ar povesti aventurile lui din război la gura sobei, dă întregul farmec al romanului. Protagonistul, Ilia Ilici Goncearov, este tipul aristocratului în declin. El este ilustrat monumental în antiteză cu un anumit german, Stolz (dacă reţin bine). Din acest
Oct 09, 2014 Pooyan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

تنبلی، سستی 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 دیگریه (سرمایه داری).

Oct 14, 2011 Noce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 20, 2013 Issicratea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2012 Amir rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
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
David Lentz
Jun 11, 2011 David Lentz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 23, 2016 Cem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oblomovluk! Nedir Oblomovluk?
Oblomovluğun açıklaması öyle bir iki cümleyle,bir iki paragrafla,bir iki sayfayla anlatılabilseydi eğer,bu koca roman yazılmazdı.
Bu yüzden Oblomovluğun ne olduğunu,benzer anlama gelebilecek kelimelerle burada anlatmaya çalışmak, düpedüz sığlık olur. Bence Oblomovluk ancak Oblomov'u okuyunca anlaşılabilir.

Sonlara doğru,bitmesin diye yavaş yavaş,hazmede hazmede okudum.Her bir karakterde,çevremde bulunan insanlardan ve kendimden yansımalar gördüm.
İlya İlyiç'te,Andrey'de
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 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
May 07, 2016 Mila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2017 mmart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kitabın özeti tek kelime: "Oblomovluk"
May 28, 2013 Susan 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
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
Aug 07, 2010 Terence rated it really liked it
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
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
Sep 21, 2009 Vladimir rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 22, 2007 Maryam Shahriari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: رمان
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!!!

May 03, 2017 Hossein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
آبلومویسم سبکی است که ایوان گنچاروف در این رمان به خواننده عرضه می کند.
سبکی که با ظرافت تمام بیان می شود و هر وقت به شخصه به زندگی خودم رجوع می کنم به نوعی یک ایلیا ایلیچ را درون خودم می بینم و به وحشت می افتم.زمان هایی را میبینم که می توانم از آن ها به صورت بهینه استفاده کنم و به خودم فرصتی بدهم که به رشد و خود شکوفایی برسم و یا اینکه در آن زمان ها به تعقیب اهداف خودم بپردازم و یا به جایی بروم که تاکنون نرفته ام اما ترجیح میدهم در رختخواب بمانم و غلت بزنم تا اینکه آن قدر عصبانی شوم که با لگد مت
Jul 29, 2013 Ümit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
O kadar büyük ve doğru yazılmış bir eser ki. İçinde o kadar büyük ve isabetli tespitler var ki.

Sigmund Freud'dan önce, freudyen çıkarımlarda bulunma başarısını bile gösterebilen bir roman.

Asla üşengeçlik, tembellik falan anlattığı yok, zaten bu herkesin malumu. Oblomov'un "Oblomov" olmasındaki sebep, taa çocukluğunda yatıyor. Ailesinin hataları, aşırı koruyucu kollayıcı tavırları, vurdumduymazlıkları; İlya İlyiç'in kişisel çekingen ve kibar yapısıyla da birleşince, ortaya sosyal fobik, depresif
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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.” 76 likes
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