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 bustle and activity necessary to participate in the real world, Oblomov manages to avoid work and postpone change, and – finally – risks losing the love of his life. Written with sympathetic humour and compassion, Oblomov made Goncharov famous throughout Russia on its publication in 1859, as readers saw in this story of a man whose defining characteristic is indolence, the portrait of an entire class in decline.
David Magarshack's superb translation captures all the subtle comedy and near-tragedy of the original. In his introduction, he discusses the lasting significance of the novel and the way Goncharov created his universal character.
About the Author
Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891) Russian writer, is best-known for his humorous novel OBLOMOV (1859), a leading work in Russian Realism.
Series: Penguin Classics
For Ages: 18+ years old
Number Of Pages: 496
Published: 14th April 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.8 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 19.7
Edition Number: 1