The Death Of Ivan Ilyich

The Death Of Ivan Ilyich

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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 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?

This short novel was the 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Bantam Books, 1981.
ISBN: 9780553210354
0553210351
Characteristics: 134 p. ;,18 cm.
Additional Contributors: Solotaroff, Lynn

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Jan 08, 2014

Excellent book.

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mikbyrne
May 17, 2011

An utter masterpiece. Don't be put off by the ridiculous photo on the cover, this is a truly profound book on mortality and the morbid fear of death that we all carry within us.

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