Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories

Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy, Aylmer Maude (Translator), J. D. Duff (Translator)
Publisher: Signet Classics
Mass market paperback, 315 pages
Price: $6.95

 Also includes "Family Happiness, The Kreutzer Sonata, " and "Master and Man."

Leo Tolstoy combined detailed physical description with perceptive psychological insight to sweep aside the sham of surface appearances and lay bare man’s intimate gestures, acts, and thoughts. Murder and sacrifice…greed and devotion…lust and affection…vanity and love—one by one, in this volume of great stories, Tolstoy dissects the basic drives, emotions, and motives of ordinary people searching for self-knowledge and spiritual perfection. Chekhov said, “Of authors my favorite is Tolstoy.” And Turgenev “marveled at the strength of his huge talent…It sends a cold shudder even down my back…He is a master, a master.”

Now with a new introduction by Regina Marler and an afterword by Hugh McLean.


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Summary: On his deathbed, Ivan Ilyich tries to reconcile what he perceives as the good life he's led with the pain and fear of death.

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