The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych

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Hailed as one of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death and dying, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his dying so much as a passing thought. But one day, death announces itself to him, and to his shocked surprise, he is brought face to face with his own mortality.

How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was an artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction.
A thoroughly absorbing, and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

Title:The Death of Ivan Ilych
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781600964336
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    The Death of Ivan Ilych Reviews

  • Jenn(ifer)

    "“Death is over," he said to himself. "There is no more death.”When I picked this book up at a library book sale, I did so without expectation that I would actually enjoy reading it. See, I had mi...

  • Muhtasin Fuad

    The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo TolstoyDealing with living might be difficult for many, but dealing with dying-how many of us think about that. This is a very compelling story about the point of life w...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    (Book 829 from 1001 books) - Смерть Ивана Ильича = ‎Smert Ivana Ilicha = The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo TolstoyThe Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo ...

  • Greta

    About living a life worth dying for We want to imagine that dying means to fall asleep one day, peacefully and without any pain, looking back at a satisfied and happy life. But what if the opposite is...

  • Petra X has the munchies

    Socrates said that an unexamined life was not worth living. In Kafka's The Metamorphosis poor Gregor Samsa is transformed into a being that cannot take part in the daily round of society and becomes m...

  • Fabian

    "Ivan Ilych's life had been most ordinary and therefore most terrible..."This arresting line is a synopsis of what all of this boils down to. More than likely, in my pre-Emo high school years, had I r...

  • Dolors

    Today I turned the last page of Banville’s Eclipse and was literally hit by the profundity of a book that surreptitiously echoes the mastery of the classic tragedies. My pupils dilated until they wa...

  • J.L.   Sutton

    In Leo Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych, awareness of his impending death compels Ilych to think about whether his life had meaning. He reviews his career, family and the passions which guided his li...

  • Paul Bryant

    The Russians have got me by the throat this pandemical year, Dostoyevsky, Goncharev, Gogol, and now Tolstoy. This is short, sharp, straightforward and unforgettable. Ivan Ilyich is a modern man with a...

  • Fabian {Councillor}

    It is a widespread stereotype that Russian classics are mostly long, tedious, boring, a burden to get through, but one only needs to read a short book like The Death of Ivan Ilych in order to be prove...