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Oblomov

Ivan Goncharov

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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 is a young, generous nobleman who seems incapable of making important decisions or undertaking any significant actions. Spoiled as a child to the point of not even being able to put on his own socks, Oblomov is unprepared to deal with the smallest difficulty of adult life. In his fevered dreams he sees the words "Oblomovstchina" ("Oblomovism" or in this translation "the disease of Oblomovka") in flaming letters on the ceiling putting a name to the disability of which he is all too aware. This romantic novel was considered a satire of Russian nobility whose social and economic function was increasingly in question in mid-nineteenth century Russia, and from it the word "Oblomovstchina" entered the Russian vocabulary. (Summary by Wikipedia and Kevin Davidson) Note: This 1915 edition was abridged by the translator.

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

6h 32m


Chapters

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01:00

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

20:44


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

28:22


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

11:11


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

19:28


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

21:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

24:05


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

17:45


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

16:51


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

28:10


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

25:11


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:34


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:03


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

15:37


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

21:44


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

22:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

26:14


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

29:00


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

13:08


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:25