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Oblomov by Ivan Gontsjarov

Oblomov (original 1859; edition 2008)

by Ivan Gontsjarov, Wils Huisman (Translator)

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Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov (Author) (1859)

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    How to Be Idle by Tom Hodgkinson (CraigHodges)
    CraigHodges: If the likes of Goncharov's Oblomov is too dense with dialogue, the characters to difficult to grasp, then come down a notch. Yes, take it easy and read a contemporary humorous slacker piece by Hodgkinson.
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    The World of Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse (meggyweg)
    meggyweg: Oblomov and Bertie Wooster are quite a lot alike and from the same social class, just in different countries.
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    Absurdistan by Gary Shteyngart (susanbooks)
    susanbooks: Shteyngart's protagonist is an updated Oblomov

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Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is not merely indolent. He is virtually inert. He can almost not even wake up, let alone wash or put his clothes on. And as for leaving his apartment, that is out of the question. Everything is too much for him. Thinking is too much. Reading is too much. He can barely muster enough energy to eat and drink and breathe. And he is as defenceless as he is inactive. So it may not be surprising that his “friends” are taking advantage of him and kind heart. All that is except for Andrei Stoltz. Oblomov grew up with Stoltz and the latter has an undying appreciation for Oblomov’s pureness of soul and kind heart. He refers to Oblomov’s intelligence as well, though we rarely see evidence of this. It is Stoltz who initiates much of the action in the novel — the offer (declined) to go abroad, the introduction to Olga, the rescue from the fiends bilking Oblomov of the wealth from his estate, and the care for Oblomov’s inheritance. If Stoltz is the figure of action and industry, then Oblomov is his mirror opposite in inaction and passivity. And yet their love and respect for each other binds them together, perhaps against reason and inclination.

There can be little doubt that Goncharov has created a number of vivid and lasting characters, even beyond the titular figure who lends his name to a recognized condition. But it may be his account of love, indeed of different forms of love, that makes this novel more remarkable. The burgeoning of love between Olga and Oblomov is beyond touching. Its consequences are painful. But equally valuable is the more stable love that each arrives at for another. And of course the love of friendship that Stoltz feels towards Oblomov is richly explored.

It might not stand up against some of the well-acknowledged classics of 19th century Russian literature, but Oblomov is still well worth reading. Just don’t get too comfortable on that divan! Gently recommended. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Oct 2, 2016 |
יש ספרי מופת, כמו מלחמה ושלום, שהם ספרי מופת וגם כיף לקרוא אותם. ויש ספרי מופת כמו אובלומוב שהם ספרי מופת אבל עולים לך על העצבים. קצב איטי, שפה ארכאית, האכלה של הקורא בכפית, פוגמים בחווית הקריאה. בכל זאת טוב להכיר את האיש הזה אובלומוב שבכל אחד מאתנו יש קמצוץ ממנו ( )
  amoskovacs | Sep 25, 2016 |
Çok güzel kitap tekrar tekrar okunmalı,bir dönem ki beni anlatıyor.Efsane ( )
  Koutsalogo | Jun 17, 2016 |
I know we are supposed to condemn Oblomov for his indolence - perhaps even view his life as a tragedy -, but satire of 19th century Russian gentries aside, the eponymous character lived as he wanted and quite well, and everybody essentially had a happy ending. Isn't that as much as we can hope for in life and a book? For a novel where the protagonist is rarely not supine and very little in way of a plot, it is unexpectedly thoughtful and meditative of life and living, aided by the contrasting lively support cast.

Despite his slothfulness, Oblomov is generous and kind, an intelligent and detailed thinker, capable of discoursing at length about the futility of life or passion, but hindered by his inclination for stasis. His spells of inactivity is sporadically broken throughout the novel by Stoltz and Olga, both with equal, unquenchable thirsts for knowledge and advancement, admirably feminist for a mid-nineteenth century book, made even more so by Stoltz treatment of Olga as his intellectual peer.

Armed with the knowledge of the pervasiveness of Oblomov and its idea of oblomovschina in the Russian psyche, I was delighted when even the author uses Oblomov as a standard of measurement for his dressing gown's capacity. I also enjoyed the classic mistake portrayed in the book of people depending on love in and from another person to change them. This is a novel to enjoy languorously in bed in a dusty room, followed immediately by a nap. ( )
1 vote kitzyl | Feb 26, 2016 |
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. ( )
1 vote lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Goncharov, IvanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bukowska, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chagall, MarcCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duddington, NatalieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ehre, MiltonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Huisman, WilsTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langeveld, ArthurTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Langeveld, ArthurAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Magarshack, DavidTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pearl, StephenTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schwartz, MarianTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wijk, N. vanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ilya Ilyitch Oblomov was lying in bed one morning in his flat in Gorohovy Street, in one of the big houses that had almost as many inhabitants as a whole country town.
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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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Farce about a gentleman who spends the better part of his life in bed. Classic.

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