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The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories

by Leo Tolstoy

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PUBLISHED: 4th November 2010
ISBN: 9780099541066
ANNOTATION:
This intensely moving story of Ivan Ilyich's lonely end is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction.The ten other stories in this collection include 'The Kreutzer Sonata', 'The Devil', and 'Hadji Murat' which has been described by Harold Bloom as 'the best story in the world'.
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  • Paperback
    $20.65
PUBLISHED: 4th November 2010
ISBN: 9780099541066
ANNOTATION:
This intensely moving story of Ivan Ilyich's lonely end is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction.The ten other stories in this collection include 'The Kreutzer Sonata', 'The Devil', and 'Hadji Murat' which has been described by Harold Bloom as 'the best story in the world'.

Annotation

This intensely moving story of Ivan Ilyich's lonely end is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction.The ten other stories in this collection include 'The Kreutzer Sonata', 'The Devil', and 'Hadji Murat' which has been described by Harold Bloom as 'the best story in the world'.

Publisher Description

The Death of Ivan Ilyich is one of the masterpieces of Tolstoy's late fiction and the first major fictional work to be published by the author after his crisis and conversion to Christianity. The story of the life and death at the age of forty-five, of a high court prosecutor in 19th-century Russia, it is an intense and moving examination of loss and the possibilities of redemption, in which Tolstoy explores the dichotomy between the artificial and the authentic life.The nine other stories in this new collection include 'Hadji Murat' which has been described by Harold Bloom as 'the best story in the world' and 'The Devil', a tale of sexual obsession based on Tolstoy's own relationship with a married peasant woman on his estate in the years before his marriage.Magnificently translated by the acclaimed translating team behind War and Peace, this new volume captures the richness and immediacy of Tolstoy's language and reveals the author as a passionate moral guide, an unflinching seeker of truth, and a creator of enduring and universal art.

Author Biography

Leo Tolstoy was born in central Russia on 9 September 1828.In 1852 he published his first work, the autobiographical Childhood. He served in the army during the Crimean War and his Sevastopol Sketches (1855-6) are based on his experiences. His two most popular masterpieces are War and Peace (1864-69) and Anna Karenina (1875-8). He died in 20 November 1910.

Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky have been nominated for the PEN-Book-of-the-Month Club Translation Prize three times and have won it twice. They live in Paris.

Review

"As good as anything Tolstoy ever wrote... Self-assured, vital, unforgettable" Guardian "The simplicity and power of this novella, the story of the terrible encroachment of death on a shallow man spiritually unprepared for it, has staggered millions" Sunday Telegraph "I don't read Russian, but I think Tolstoy's writing comes over whatever translation you read...he wrote the great, terrible story The Death of Ivan Illyich" -- Redmond O'Hanlon Independent "An indubitable masterpiece" -- Yann Martel "For me, the best insight into the process of dying comes from Leo Tolstoy in his short story, The Death of Ivan Ilych, which examines the life and death of the most ordinary man" -- Oliver James Mail on Sunday

Product Details

Author
Leo Tolstoy
Year
2010
ISBN-10
0099541068
ISBN-13
9780099541066
Format
Paperback
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Pages
528
Media
Book
Series
Vintage Classics
Translator
Larissa Volokhonsky, Richard Pevear
Publisher
Vintage Publishing
Publication Date
2010-11-04
Audience
General/Trade