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The Death of Ivan Ilyich (1886)
by Leo Tolstoy
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Valitut kertomukset 2 ; suomentanut Juhani Konkka paitsi kertomuksen Kasakat, joka on Jalo Kaliman tarkistettu suomennos by Leo Tolstoi
I capolavori (Anna Karenina - Guerra e pace - La morte di Ivan Il'ič- Resurrezione - La sonata a Kreutzer e altri racconti) (Italian Edition) by Lev Tolstoj (indirect)
Works of Leo Tolstoy. (50 Works) Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Resurrection, Hadji Murad, A Confession, The Death of Ivan Ilych, The Kreutzer Sonata, The Forged Coupon and Other Stories & more (mobi) by Leo Tolstoy
The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories by Leo / David Magarshack, after. Tolstoy (1960-07-30) by Leo Tolstoy
Tolstoy's Shorter Fiction Collection: The Death of Ivan Ilych, "Where Love Is, God Is", "How Much Land Does a Man Need?", "The Kruezer Sonata", among many others by Leo Tolstoy
Civil Disobedience; Walden (selections); The Death of Ivan Ilych (Great Books Foundation First Year Course, VIII) by Henry David Thoreau
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Hailed as one of the world's masterpieces of psychological realism, The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death 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?
The first part of the story portrays Ivan Ilyich's colleagues and family after he has died as they discuss the effect of his death on their careers and fortunes. In the second part, Tolstoy reveals the life of the man whose death seems so trivial. The perfect bureaucrat, Ilyich treasured his orderly domestic and office routine. Diagnosed with an incurable illness, he at first denies the truth but is influenced by the simple acceptance of his servant boy, and he comes to embrace the boy's belief that death is natural and not shameful. He comforts himself with happy memories of childhood and gradually realizes that he has ignored all his inner yearnings as he tried to do what was expected of him.
Will Ilyich be able to come to terms with himself before his life ebbs away?
This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's own life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A thoroughly absorbing glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation..
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)891.733Literature Literature of other languages Literature of east Indo-European and Celtic languages Russian and East Slavic languages Russian fiction 1800–1917
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