Oblomov portrayed by famous Russian actor Oleg Tagakov
Also read more about other adaptations of the work for the screen and the stage, including one unintentionally humorous British production that became known as Son of Oblomov.
Read some of Oblomov’s most memorable passages, taken from Marian Schwartz’s 2008 translation of the novel.
C.J. Hogarth’s 1915 version of Oblomov, the first translation into English.
In a letter to a friend in 1868, nine years after Oblomov’s publication, Goncharov shared his views on translations of his work. “I cannot stand to see myself translated; I write for Russians, and attentions from foreigners is not the least bit flattering to me.”
Fortunately for non-Russian speakers, translators have ignored Goncharov’s aversion to translation. Six major English versions have been published. Read more about those translations.
Oblomov has exerted a large influence in and outside of Russia. The term oblomovshchina can be found in Russian dictionaries, and Lenin referred to the character of Oblomov in some of his speeches. Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan created the Oblomov Foundation, a fund that would finance artists who agreed to not exhibit their work for one year. Read more about Cattelan’s project and about how others have been influenced by Goncharov’s work here.
Countless blogs are dedicated to literature. Some of their contributors have recently picked up Oblomov. Read more about their encounter with Goncharov’s work here.