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Oblomov is the best known novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov, first published in 1859. Oblomov is also the central character of the novel, often seen as the ultimate incarnation of the superfluous man, a symbolic character in 19th-century Russian literature. Oblomov was compared to Shakespeare's Hamlet as answering 'No!' to the question "To be or not to be?" Oblomov is a young, generous nobleman who seems incapable of making important decisions or undertaking… (more)

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Sun, 24 Dec 2006 14:15:59 +0100

Goncharov may not be as famous than most XIXth century russian writers (Dostoevsky, Tolstoy...), but Oblomov is a real classic, that you shouldn't miss.

The slow decay of the main character, losing his will to live and living in dreams of a lazy past, has a universal appeal, making Oblomov some sort of Don Juan or Don Quixote, the shape of something we might recognize in the people that surround us.

Book Details  

Language: English

Published in: 1858

Translator: C. J. Hogarth

Word count: 58,959 words (≈ about 4 hours)

Copyright: Public Domain

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