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Even though Ivan Goncharov wrote several books that were widely read and discussed during his lifetime, today he is remembered for one novel, Oblomov, published in 1859, an indisputable classic of Russian literature, the artistic stature and cultural significance of which may be compared only to other such masterpieces as Nikolai Gogol's Dead Souls, Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and Fyodor Dostoevsky's Brothers Karamazov.

Stephen Pearl's new translation, the first major English-language publication of Oblomov in more than fifty years, succeeds exquisitely to introduce this astonishing and endearing novel to a new generation of readers. Rich in situational comedy, psychological complexity, social satire, and incisive depictions of class, ethnicity, and sexuality, Oblomov is clearly a novel that was written for all time.

Set in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, an amiable, middle-aged man lives in an apartment with his life-long servant, Zakhar. Oblomov sleeps much of the day, dreaming of his idyllic childhood on his ancestral estate, Oblomovka. His boyhood companion, Stoltz, now an energetic and successful businessman, visits his beloved friend Oblomov whenever he is nearby, and Oblomov's life changes when Stoltz introduces him to Olga, with whom Oblomov falls in love.

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"Nineteenth-century Russian fiction is one of the undisputed glories of world literature. 'Crime and Punishment,' 'War and Peace,' 'Fathers and Sons' — who does not know, if only by name, these masterpieces of Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy and Turgenev? Perhaps one might add Gogol's 'Dead Souls' to this list or even Lermontov's 'A Hero of Our Time.' Yet suppose one were to mention 'Tales of Belkin,' 'Lady... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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

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"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

Synopsis:

Written with sympathetic humor and compassion, this masterful portrait of upper-class decline made Ivan Goncharov famous throughout Russia on its publication in 1859. Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia's dying aristocracy — a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends, and found himself in debt. Too apathetic to do anything about his problems, he lives in a grubby, crumbling apartment, waited on by Zakhar, his equally idle servant. Terrified by the activity necessary to participate in the real world, Oblomov manages to avoid work, postpones change, and — finally — risks losing the love of his life.

Synopsis:

Pearl's new translation, the first major English-language publication of "Oblomov" in more than 50 years, succeeds exquisitely to introduce this astonishing and endearing novel to a new generation of readers.

About the Author

Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov was born in 1812 in Simbirsk, Russia the son of a wealthy grain merchant. Goncharov's first novel, A Common Story, explored the conflicts in Russian society between the landed gentry and the rising middle class. Oblomov, his best-known work, published in 1859, brought him wide acclaim.

Stephen Pearl (translator) was a simultaneous interpreter at the United Nations for more than thirty years and was Chief of English Interpretation there for fifteen years. He is a graduate of St. John's College, Oxford University with an M.A. in Classics.

Galya Diment (Introduction) is Professor and Chair of the Slavic Languages and Literatures department at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is the author of Pniniad: Vladimir Nabokov and Marc Szeftel (University of Washington Press) and The Autobiographical Novel of Co-Consciousness: Goncharov, Woolf, and Joyce (University Press of Florida). She edited Goncharov's Oblomov: A Critical Companion (Northwestern University Press).

Tatyana Tolstaya (Foreword) is a Russian novelist, short-story writer, and essayist and great-grandniece of Leo Tolstoy. Her translated collections include On the Golden Porch (1990) and Sleepwalker in a Fog (1992), stories, and Pushkin's Children: Writings on Russia and Russians (2003), essays. Her satirical novel, The Slynx (2003), is an historical allegory set in a dystopian, mutant-inhabited post-nuclear-holocaust Russia.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933480084
Author:
Goncharov, Ivan Aleksandrovich
Publisher:
Bunim & Bannigan Ltd
Translator:
Pearl, Stephen
Foreword:
Tolstaia, Tat'iana
Author:
Goncharov, Ivan
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Publication Date:
20061031
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
443
Dimensions:
9.06x6.56x1.63 in. 1.95 lbs.

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Product details 443 pages Bunim & Bannigan Ltd - English 9781933480084 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Goncharov] is ten heads above me in talent."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , Written with sympathetic humor and compassion, this masterful portrait of upper-class decline made Ivan Goncharov famous throughout Russia on its publication in 1859. Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is a member of Russia's dying aristocracy — a man so lazy that he has given up his job in the Civil Service, neglected his books, insulted his friends, and found himself in debt. Too apathetic to do anything about his problems, he lives in a grubby, crumbling apartment, waited on by Zakhar, his equally idle servant. Terrified by the activity necessary to participate in the real world, Oblomov manages to avoid work, postpones change, and — finally — risks losing the love of his life.
"Synopsis" by , Pearl's new translation, the first major English-language publication of "Oblomov" in more than 50 years, succeeds exquisitely to introduce this astonishing and endearing novel to a new generation of readers.
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