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Ivan Goncharov

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Alexander Fedoritch Adouev is the naïve, pampered son of Anna Pavlovna, a provincial landowner. He decides to go off to Saint Petersburg, not only to make his mark upon society but also to fulfill his two rosy romantic dreams of becoming a great writer and finding a great love. He is taken under the reluctant wing of his uncle, Piotr Ivanitch Adouev, a pragmatic, hard-headed businessman who scorns everything romantic and tries to cure Alexander Fedoritch of his sentimental, youthful illusions. The younger Adouev resists the indoctrinations of the elder, writing prosaic articles about manure and crop rotation for an agricultural journal as a way of supporting himself but spending his nights writing passionate works of poetry and drama. In quest of True Love, he pursues in turn the rustic Sophia, the perfidious Nadinka, the melancholy Julia, the sprightlike Liza, and even (implicitly) the wise and beautiful Lizaveta, who has entered into a loveless marriage with Alexander’s own unsentimental uncle. The great question throughout the novel is whether Alexander can make a life balanced between pragmatism and romanticism, or be sacrificed to one or the other. Not a “superfluous man” in the same sense as Gontcharov’s later famous protagonist Oblomov, Alexander Fedoritch Adouev remains a noteworthy creation, a sympathetic, three-dimensional character in the early years of Russian realism. ( Expatriate)

Language:

English

Narrators:

Expatriate

Length:

10h 36m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

15:43


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:30


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

18:41


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

17:35


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

17:15


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

14:02


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:15


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

22:12


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

21:22


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

13:47


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

18:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

17:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

16:30


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:03


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

15:01


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

15:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:09


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

18:39


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:39


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:14


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

17:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:13


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:57


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

21:04


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

19:24


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

17:59


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

15:05


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

14:29


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

20:21


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

21:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

24:47


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

20:10


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

20:06