fiction by Ivan Goncharov


Set at the beginning of the nineteenth century, before the ideal of industrious modern man, when idleness was still looked upon by Russia's serf-owning rural gentry as a plausible and worthy goal, there was Oblomov. Indolent, inattentive, incurious, given to daydreaming and procrastination—indeed, given to any excuse to remain horizontal—Oblomov is hardly the stuff of heroes. Yet, he is impossible not to admire. He is forgiven for his weakness and beloved for his shining soul. Ivan Goncharov’s masterpiece is not just ingenious social satire, but also a sharp criticism of nineteenth-century Russian society.

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Oblomov ist neben Falstaff und dem Quichote die faszinierendste Figur der Literaturgeschichte. Viele Schriftsteller haben diese Topics aufgegriffen und in unzähligen Varianten vorgestellt.

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