Ivan Goncharov's "Oblomov"

"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."

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  • John

    Oblomov was a funny and also rather melancholic portrait of a dying social class. Although the novel at times veered into Sentimental and Romantic cliches, at other times the writing was psychologically astute and the story engrossing. Our discussion touched on a number of different critical perspectives. Thanks everyone!

    April 11, 2012

  • Sonya D.

    LOL! Thanks! I needed that.

    April 5, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    How about a slumber party?

    March 18, 2012

  • Äleksåndr

    I am not familiar with this group yet. What exactly will happen on April 5? Reading, discussion...?

    March 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fall short, I meant

    March 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Also, all translations, including in the movie, greatly fall of the poetic lyricism of the original. For example, if Russian text says "be gone" or "proceed," the English translation will say "go." So I'm flogging myself to re-read it again in English.

    March 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · March 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I think that watching this 80s movie will greatly contribute to everyone's understanding of the environment in which the drama unfolds. Oblomov's world is deeply connected with the nature and I drew very close parallels between him and classic Asian practice of disattachment from the world of human affairs. He may be a very natural Buddhist. Anyway, they don't make these dreamy beautiful movies anymore, (action and vulgarity bring more money), so sit back, relax, and enjoy all shades of Russian

    March 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This was a required reading in 8th grade back home.. in Russia... 1861 was the year of dis.... disbursement or pardoning (my English isn't good) of the peasantry, as a class, and generally speaking last half of 19th century began to see an aristocracy, the land owners, as a vestigial organ of the past. Oblomov was written in the spirit of its time. Had it been written earlier, Goncharov, himself an aristocrat, would be expelled from the society and we wouldn't have this great meet-up. Thx

    January 22, 2012

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