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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0140440402, Paperback)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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First published 150 years ago, Ivan Goncharov's Oblomov is and undisputed classic of Russian literature, the artistic stature and cultural significance of which have been compared to such master pieces as Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov.nbsp; Until now, no English-language edition has done justice to this astonishing, sidesplitting, and deeply poignant novel. Years in preparation, Stephan Pearl's landmark translation, with its innovative lexicon, pitch-perfect ear for dialect and colloquial speech, and superb prose styling, allows today's reader to appreciate Oblomov at new heights of emotional, ironic, and comic satisfaction. Set in Petersburg, Russia, this is the story of Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, an amiable, thirty-something underachiever, who lives in an apartment with his life-long with his life-long servant, Zakhar. Oblomov rarely changes out of his dressing gown, spending his days drifting in and out of sleep, dreaming of his idyllic childhood on his ancestral estate, Oblomovka. His boyhood friend, Stoltz, motivated accomplished, and always alert, often visits Oblomov. When Stoltz introduces him to the beautiful and cultured Olga, Oblomov moves to the country to be near her. Olga is soon smitten with the lovable Oblomov but is determined to change him into a man in action.
An edition of this book was published by Penguin Australia.
2 editions of this book were published by Seven Stories Press.
Editions: 1583228403, 1583229868
An edition of this book was published by Yale University Press.
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