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Oblomov , novel by Russian writer Ivan Goncharov , published in 1859 . 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 ...

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