Other literary forms

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

The early stories and poems of Ivan Goncharov (gon-chah-RAHF) were considered mediocre by the author himself as well as the public and have long been out of print. Goncharov’s first significant piece was the sketch “Ivan Savich Podzhabrin,” available in Sobranie sochinenii (1883, 1888, 1952; collected works). Still widely published and read is the travelogue Fregat Pallada (1858; The Voyage of the Frigate Pallada, 1965). During the final two decades of his life, Goncharov concentrated on critical essays, reminiscences, and polemical articles. “Mil’yon terzaniy” (1872), his analysis of Alexander Griboyedov’s Gore ot uma (1825, 1831; English translation, 1857), and his autobiographical memoir “Luchshe pozdno, chem nikogda” (1879; better late than never) have limited circulation, even among literary specialists.