The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a masterly meditation on life and death, recounting the physical decline and spiritual awakening of a worldly, successful man who is faced with his own mortality. Only in his last agonizing moments does Ivan Ilyich finally confront his true nature, and gain the forgiveness of his wife and son for his cruelty towards them.
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A stunning new translation of Tolstoy's late fiction, from the award-winning team of Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyFrom the Back Cover:
FROM THE AWARD-WINNING TRANSLATORS OF CRIME AND PUNISHMENT AND WAR AND PEACE
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.
'Tolstoy's prose is majestic, his pace measured, his characters unflinchingly true to life, his message bleak' Guardian
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140445080
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 1989. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140445080
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1989. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 'Every moment he felt that . he was drawing nearer and nearer to what terrified him' Three of Tolstoy's most powerful and moving shorter works are brought together in this volume. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a masterly meditation on life and death, recounting the physical decline and spiritual awakening of a worldly, successful man who is faced with his own mortality. Only in his last agonizing moments does Ivan Ilyich finally confront his true nature, and gain the forgiveness of his wife and son for his cruelty towards them. Happy Ever After, inspired by one of Tolstoy's own romantic entanglements, tells the story of a seventeen-year-old girl who marries her guardian twice her age. And The Cossacks, the tale of a disenchanted young nobleman who seeks fulfilment amid the wild beauty of the Caucasus, was hailed by Turgenev as the 'finest and most perfect production of Russian literature'. Rosemary Edmonds's classic translation fully captures the subtle nuances of Tolstoy's writing, and includes an introduction discussing the stories' influences and contemporary reactions towards them. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140445080