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An Ordinary Story

Ivan Goncharov

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ISBN 13: 978-1-4683-1076-4
Trim Size: 5 3/8 x 8

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Before Ivan Goncharov wrote Oblomov, one of the most acclaimed and enduring classics of Russian literature, there was An Ordinary Story, his debut, which was immediately hailed by critics upon its publication in 1847. An Ordinary Story describes the coming of age of Alexander Aduyev, a romantic young man from the provinces who moves to Petersburg in search of love and a career. Psychologically acute in its delineation of Aduyev’s relationship with his successful and unsentimental mentor uncle, this is a work of complexity and great charm. Featuring a stage adaptation, this edition of An Ordinary Story will enhance Goncharov’s reputation as one of the legends of Russian literary history.

Praise for Ivan Goncharov:

“[Goncharov is] ten heads above me in talent.” —Anton Chekhov

Oblomov is a truly great work, the likes of which one has not seen for a long, long time. I am in rapture over Oblomov and keep rereading it.”—Leo Tolstoy

“Offers a fine example of sly and compassionate satire, a very rare genre indeed.” —Michael Wood, London Review of Books

“You can't help but be captivated by the 'rapture' that Tolstoy spoke of when reading and rereading it.” —Ron Rosenblum, Slate, A Slate Best Book of 2008

“The combination of Goncharov's edits and Schwartz’s translation left me thumbing back to the copyright page to confirm 1862, not 1962, as this translation sparkles with contemporary lyricism and humor.” —Quarterly Conversation

“Long before Jerry Seinfeld and Samuel Beckett, there was Ivan Goncharov, a minor government official in czarist Russia, and his classic novel about an ordinary Russian aristocrat mired in his own extraordinary inertia.” —Chris Lehman, Bookforum

Ivan Goncharov (1812-1891) was one of the most important writers of the nineteenth century. He spent most of his life as a civil servant, eventually becoming a censor. In addition to An Ordinary Story and Oblomov, he published The Precipice, a novel, and The Frigate Pallada, an account of his travels on an 1853 international expedition.

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