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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: ReadaClassic.com (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1611044200
  • ISBN-13: 978-1611044201
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 0.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The combination of Goncharov''s edits and Schwartzs translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor."Karen Vanuska, Quarterly Conversation -- Quarterly Conversation

Oblomov is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over Oblomov and keep rereading it.Leo Tolstoy -- Leo Tolstoy

"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent.Anton Chekhov -- Anton Chekhov

""Oblomov" is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over "Oblomov" and keep rereading it."--Leo Tolstoy--Leo Tolstoy

"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent."--Anton Chekhov--Anton Chekhov

"The combination of Goncharov''s edits and Schwartz's translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor."--Karen Vanuska, "Quarterly Conversation"--Quarterly Conversation

"You can''t help but be captivated by the ''rapture'' that Tolstoy spoke of when reading and rereading it."--Ron Rosenblum, Slate, A Slate Best Book of 2008--Slate

"Long before Jerry Seinfeld and Samuel Beckett, there was Ivan Goncharov, a minor government official in czarist Russia, and his classic novel about an ordinary Russian aristocrat mired in his own extraordinary inertia."--Chris Lehman, "Bookforum"
--Bookforum

"The combination of Goncharov's edits and Schwartz's translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor."--Karen Vanuska, "Quarterly Conversation"--Quarterly Conversation

"[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent. Anton Chekhov--Anton Chekhov"

"Oblomov" is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over "Oblomov" and keep rereading it. Leo Tolstoy--Leo Tolstoy"

"Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed" Michael Wood, "London Review of Books"--London Review of Books"

"You can't help but be captivated by the 'rapture' that Tolstoy spoke of when reading and rereading it." Ron Rosenblum, Slate, A Slate Best Book of 2008--Slate"

The combination of Goncharov's edits and Schwartz s translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor." Karen Vanuska, "Quarterly Conversation"--Quarterly Conversation"

Long before Jerry Seinfeld and Samuel Beckett, there was Ivan Goncharov, a minor government official in czarist Russia, and his classic novel about an ordinary Russian aristocrat mired in his own extraordinary inertia. Chris Lehman, "Bookforum"
--Bookforum" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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The sly, subversive side of the nineteenth-century Russian literary character -- the one which represents such a contrast to the titanic exertions of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky -- was most fully realized in Ivan Goncharov's 1859 masterpiece, OBLOMOV. This magnificent farce about a gentleman who spends the better part of his life in bed is a reminder of the extent to which humor, in the hands of a comic genius, can be used to explore the absurdities and injustices of a social order. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is one of my favourite novels, and one of the very finest of the golden age of Russian literature in the nineteenth century, up there with Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky.
Goncharov only wrote a handful of books (3 novels and a travelogue), and of these Oblomov is by far the best (although his final novel, The Precipice is under-rated and of interest too). Oblomov is the simple story of a nobleman in Tsarist Russia who has plenty of opportunities for success in love and life, but who finds it very difficult to take them - or indeed to do anything decisive at all other than laze around.
Oblomov seems to embody potential unfulfilled and a stubborn to change and take on new ideas, and he has been seen by many as a metaphor for pre-revolution Russia. 'Oblomovism' has apparently become a common term in Russia, meaning, of course, procrastination or inaction.
Amazingly for a book about seemingly so little, Oblomov glides by, perhaps because it is so well written. This is a singular and fascinating novel, with some stunningly detailed and well drawn characters. It may be of a very different style to most modern books, but I wuld strongly recommend it.
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This is a wonderful story of an extremely lazy and kind-hearted nobleman who sees his life and only love waste away before his eyes, but cannot bring himself to act to prevent it. It is a delightful evocation of the comical and melancholy life on a Russian estate and a sad and gripping portrait of a good man undone by his own lethargy.
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Oblomov by Ivan Goncharov is a fantastic novel, and a must read fof any fan of Russian literature.

However, this edition is NOT it! It seems to be a heavily edited, abridged version.

If you wish to read Oblomov, you can't go wrong with the Penguin Classics edition, which is still available and easy to find, on Zmazon, Ebay and publisher website.
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This Kindle edition contains LESS THAN ONE THIRD of the text of the novel - my Russian edition has 470 pages, the Kindle text only 140. Whole chapters are missing, e.g. of Part 2 only three out of 12 chapters are included. The translation and notes are unreliable, e.g anachronistically referring to Petrograd instead of St Petersburg. Even at a fairly low Kindle price this is a rip-off.
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"To be or not to be, that is the question!.."
The famous words, the famous direction of philosophising. Oblomov, just like Hamlet, answers "No", but in a different way. "What is the point in keeping up with the Joneses, improving tyre factory efficiency by 0.5%, producing pointless generic rubbish that many people devote their life to, how does it all relate to the ideal of human nature?" : asks Oblomov. Ultimate honesty rejects vanity of such pursuits, but ... what fills the resulting vacuum?

Sorrow and death. Oblomov gives up his humanistic ideals and lives out his life like an oyster - consuming and displacing, maintaining physical comfortableness/peace of his own environment. Driven to achieve simple animal pleasure "in the moment" (postponing distressing things) he achieves sorrow in his mental "life as a whole".

This sorrow of Oblomov may well be "the truth"- if there is no point of life then what is the point of striving? Shtolz- Oblomov's friend and his complete opposite- does not provide us with an answer; but maybe gives us a hint towards it. The ideal of human nature may not be knowledge of some facts (these are impenetrable), but only in striving towards that knowledge. Striving=human nature=happiness.
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NB - This review concerns the Kindle version.

Don't buy this edited version - it is a scam. This Kindle edition is around 180 pages - only a third of the book! I only noticed when I found a paperback copy in a bookshop and then began to investigate further.

I bought this in error and feel a ruddy fool.

BG
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Oblomov left me sobbing towards its conclusion, a reaction I did not anticipate at the outset. I found that as the story progressed I became more and more engrossed in a character, whose initial chaotic presentation consisted of lying around lazily in his room, mainly sleeping, often shouting at his servant, entertaining uninvited guests, eating and drinking. Oblomov the absent landowner appears broke, on the verge of eviction from his city apartment and hounded by indecision. Then comes the dream, wherein Oblomov's character gently coalesces into that of a child hopelessly romanticising those halcyon days of innocence. Thereafter Oblomov, the man/child, after much prompting from his childhood friend, departs his immediate surroundings, meets Olga and the rest is poetry.
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This is a superb novel, do not misunderstand me; but what intrigues me is Penguins strange decision to put a painting of Garshin (an even more superb writer) by Ilya Repin on the cover; a bit like putting an Hank Williams picture on an Elvis Presley album.
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