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Oblomov (1859)

by Iwan Gontscharow

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The novel focuses on the midlife crisis of the main character, 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 characteristic, Oblomov raises this trait to an art form, conducting his little daily business apathetically from his bed.… (more)
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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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The book presents a variety of approaches to life. The enticement of leisure, day dreams, and peace rules the life of Oblomov while his friend Stolz revels in work and engagement. A comparable contrast is presented between the intelligent Olga and the self-sacrificing Agafya. ( )
  snash | Sep 10, 2023 |
"O mijn God! Het leven laat me gewoon niet met rust.”
Ik heb lang getwijfeld of ik dit een beoordeling van 3,5 van 4 sterren zou geven, maar hoe verder ik me van het einde van de lectuur van dit boek verwijderde, hoe zekerder ik werd van de 4 sterren. Neen, dit is geen perfecte roman, hij bevat zelfs een aantal onderliggende zwakheden, maar ik kan er niet aan doen, uiteindelijk had de tragikomische figuur van Ilya Ilich Oblomov me toch in de ban. Meer nog dan prins Myshkin, ‘de Idioot’ van Dostojevski, is hij erin geslaagd om me met zijn eerlijkheid, waarachtigheid en zuiver hart te ondermijnen. Dat laatste klinkt erg pathetisch, ik weet het, maar blijkbaar heb ik toch genoeg sentimentele romantiek in mij zodat zo'n figuur als Ilya Ilich mijn hart kan breken.
Ik ga dit boek niet te veel kapot analyseren, dat is alzoveel keer gedaan, met en zonder expertise. Wat me vooral charmeerde is dat onze arme Oblomov maar al te goed beseft dat hij een aberratie is, dat zijn inherente lethargie niet hoort, zeker niet in een samenleving (Rusland in de eerste helft van de 19e eeuw) die volop in verandering is. Voortdurend troffen me de passages waarin Oblomov zichzelf beklaagt en zegt niet te weten wie hij eigenlijk is, en waarom hij zo is als hij is.
Tegelijk weet hij vlijmscherp de nieuwe, moderne samenleving die staat aan het breken op de korrel te nemen, de leegte van het drukke, nijvere bestaan bloot te leggen: ““Het eeuwig heen en weer rennen, het eeuwigdurende spel van kleine verlangens, vooral hebzucht , mensen die dingen voor anderen proberen te bederven, het geklets, de roddels, de minachting, de manier waarop ze je van top tot teen bekijken. Je luistert naar waar ze het over hebben en het doet je hoofd tollen. Het is bedwelmend... Het is vervelend. Verveling! Waar is de mens hierin? Waar is zijn integriteit? Waar ging het heen? Hoe werd het ingeruild voor al deze kleinzieligheid?"
En ik weet het maar al te goed: wat Oblomov daar tegenoverstelt, zijn permanente lethargie, is onrealistisch en zelfs immoreel (dat wrijft zijn vriend Stolz er dik in). Maar tegelijkertijd weet Oblomovs voorstelling van het ideale leven me toch te raken: “Daarna trek ik een ruime jas aan, sla mijn arm om het middel van mijn vrouw, en zij en ik maken een wandeling over de eindeloze, donkere allée, rustig, bedachtzaam, stil of hardop denkend, dagdromend, mijn minuten van geluk tellend als het kloppen van een polsslag, luisterend naar mijn hartslag en betovering en sympathie zoekend in de natuur, en voordat we het weten komen we uit op een stroompje in een veld . De rivier kabbelt een beetje, korenaren wuiven in de wind en het is heet. We stappen in de boot en mijn vrouw stuurt ons, nauwelijks de riem optillend.”
Gontsjarov is er via Oblomov perfect in geslaagd de gespletenheid van de moderne mens bloot te leggen: de zenuwachtige stuwing naar voortdurende verandering en verbetering tegenover de kinderlijke verzuchting naar eenvoud, geborgenheid en gelukzaligheid. 4 sterren, dik verdiend.
PS. Ik las de Engelse vertaling van Maria Schwartz (2008), gebaseerd op de door Gontsjarov zelf bewerkte versie van 1862, die ver te verkiezen is boven de originele van 1859. ( )
  bookomaniac | Jul 2, 2023 |
I find it hard to describe this Russian story. Oblomov struck me as more sad than funny, though there were certainly some humor in this novel. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 27, 2023 |
معمولاً هیچوقت از اقتباس خوشم نمیاد چون معمولاً کاری ضعیف‌تر از اصل اثر می‌شن. این نمایشنامه یه اقتباس خیلی وفادارانه به اصل رمان بود که خیلی جاها واو به واو دیالوگ شده بودند. البته فقط دو بخش اول رمان تبدیل به نمایشنامه شده. نویسنده بعضی جاها قالب نمایش رو فدای اصل رمان کرده بود و حتی برای نمایش حس درونی ابلوموف (که توی رمان به کرات استفاده شده) از مونولوگ استفاده می‌کرد. ( )
  Mahdi.Lotfabadi | Oct 16, 2022 |
Putting off writing this as i can't come up with the right way to approach this write up. Short answer: Amazing - loved it - inspired, poignant, funny, beautiful. First 100 pages or so are setting the remarkable milieu of Oblamov reclining at home with his edgy, lazy servant, Zakhar. His friends visit, sponge and chat, but Oblamov is just trying to get out of anything / everything (though he has good intentions). Ennui? No- not that ... hmmm... Middle section: Oblamov's dream. Gauzy memories of home / childhood and semi-aspirations. a bit slow but gorgeous. contrasts with the German- Stoltz - good - but ... banal? I didn't go for the romance with Olga so much- just straightforward, predictable and ultimately sad. Not terrible, but just sort of going through the necessary motions for that part before.... concluding with the wonderful sad section with what will ultimately be his wife- Agafia- she of the powerful elbow motion. Poignant, tear jerker conclusion, but with the ray of hope thrown in. This is by no means a perfect book- neither especially well plotted or paced... but the characters and vignettes.... are superlative. Cherish this one. ( )
  apende | Jul 12, 2022 |
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In a world of planners Oblomov plans himself to sleep. In a world of action he discovers the poetry of procrastination. In a world of passion he discovers the delicacies of reluctance. And when we reject his passivity he bears our secret desire for it like a martyr. For us he sleeps, for us he lies in bed daydreaming, for us his mind goes back to the Arcadia of childhood, drinking the opiate of memory. For our sakes who live in clean rooms and who jump out of bed when the alarm clock goes, Oblomov lies among his cobwebs and his fleas, his books unread, his ink dry in the bottle, his letters unanswered. While we prosper, he is cheated...

There is a transcendent gentleness, an ineffable prosaic delicacy, in the book. But we can’t get away from it; the second part, although benign and moral, is dull... The undertone of dream and fairy-tale runs through the book like the murmur of a stream, so that to call Goncharov a realist is misleading. Oblomov himself becomes one of those transfigured characters which have grown over a long period of writing, which exist on several planes, and which go on growing in the mind after the book is put down. Now he seems to symbolise the soul, now he i£ the folly of idleness, now he is the accuser of success. He is an enormous character.
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Gontscharow, IwanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Andreyev, NikolayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bukowska, ElseTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chagall, MarcCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Duddington, NatalieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ehre, MiltonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freeborn, RichardIntroductionsecondary 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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The novel focuses on the midlife crisis of the main character, 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 characteristic, Oblomov raises this trait to an art form, conducting his little daily business apathetically from his bed.

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