Filled with dreams of pursuing a career as a poet, the young Alexander Aduev moves from the country to St Petersburg, where he takes up lodgings next to his uncle Pyotr, a shrewd and world-weary businessman. As his ideals are challenged by disappointment in the fields of love, friendship and poetical ambition, Alexander must decide whether to return to the homely values he has left behind or adapt to the ruthless rules and morals of city life.
Told in the author’s trademark humorous style and presented in a sparkling new translation by Stephen Pearl, The Same Old Story – Goncharov’s first novel, preceding his masterpiece Oblomov by twelve years – is a study of lost illusions and rude spiritual awakening in the modern world. [ https://almabooks.com/product/the-same... ]
A fresh translation of an important work by the author of Oblomov, An Ordinary Story describes the coming of age of a romantic young man from the provinces who moves to Petersburg in search of love and a career. Psychologically acute in its delineation of his relationship with his mentor uncle, this work has a great deal of charm as well as interest. Since Goncharov himself had worked as a bureaucrat in the civil service, his depiction of this world and the compromises it exacted from his heroes is genuinely compelling. A work that retains its relevance for Russians even today (it has been staged several times as a play in the Soviet Union), An Ordinary Story marked the debut of a major Russian novelist.
This edition also includes the first English-language translation of Viktor Rozov's famed stage adaptation, which premiered at the Sovremennik Theater in 1966, and was considered one of the best plays of the era.
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