Oblomov is fantastically lazy and the first few dozen pages see him barely getting out of bed as he receives a stream of visitors who entreat him to go to various places with them, all of whom he puts off as he would rather be lethargic indoors than active outside. We also get the sense from this opening section that he has so-called friends who are willing to exploit his idleness. Not even a rapidly diminishing income and no idea how much the estate should be producing can motivate him. He would rather lie on his sofa making plans that are never finalised. His approach is to put off today what he can leave until tomorrow, which is essentially everything, every day. Inertia has become a way of life, so that he cannot finish a book or read a newspaper, and has no idea what is going on in the world other than what he hears in garbled form from others.
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Oblomov , novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov , published in The work is a powerful critique of 19th-century Russia, contrasting aristocrats with the merchant class and condemning the feudal system. Its hero, Oblomov, is a generous but indecisive young nobleman who loses the woman he loves to a vigorous, pragmatic friend.
A perpetual daydreamer, he lives his life in his mind and spends his time in bed. From this character derives the Russian term oblomovshchina , epitomizing the backwardness, inertia, and futility of 19th-century Russian society. See also superfluous man. Info Print Cite. Submit Feedback.
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Ilya Ilyich Oblomov is the central character of the novel, portrayed 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. Throughout the novel he rarely leaves his room or bed. In the first 50 pages, he manages only to move from his bed to a chair. The novel was popular when it came out, and some of its characters and devices have imprinted on Russian culture and language. Goncharov first thought of writing Oblomov in the mids, soon after publishing his first novel A Common Story.
Oblomov , novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov , published in The work is a powerful critique of 19th-century Russia, contrasting aristocrats with the merchant class and condemning the feudal system. Its hero, Oblomov, is a generous but indecisive young nobleman who loses the woman he loves to a vigorous, pragmatic friend. A perpetual daydreamer, he lives his life in his mind and spends his time in bed. From this character derives the Russian term oblomovshchina , epitomizing the backwardness, inertia, and futility of 19th-century Russian society.
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