Ivan Goncharov

Ivan Goncharov was a Russian novelist best known for his novel 'Oblomov', which depicts the life and character of the protagonist Ilya Ilyich Oblomov, a man of noble birth who is unable to face the practicalities of modern life. Goncharov's work is celebrated for its character development and exploration of the social and psychological issues of his time.


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  1. 1. Oblomov

    The book is a satirical critique of the nobility in 19th century Russia, focusing on the titular character, a lazy and apathetic nobleman who prefers to daydream and live in his own fantasies rather than engage with the real world. His indolence is contrasted with the energetic and ambitious character of his friend who tries to get him involved in societal affairs and business. The protagonist's lethargy and inability to adapt to changing times symbolize the decay and stagnation of the Russian nobility.

  2. 2. The Frigate Pallada

    "The Frigate Pallada" is a travelogue that chronicles the author's experiences aboard the Russian naval ship Pallada during its voyage from Kronstadt to the Far East in the mid-19th century. The narrative provides a detailed account of the places visited, including Japan, which was largely closed to foreigners at the time, as well as the customs and lifestyles of the local populations encountered. The author's keen observations and vivid descriptions offer insights into the colonial ambitions of Russia, the cultural exchanges between East and West, and the personal reflections and adventures that arise from a long sea journey during a period of significant global exploration and imperial expansion.