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  1. brian brian says:

    you're all excited about someone new only to discover that the beatles are their all time favorite band the most popular poprock band of all time wildly innovative probably wrote great songs than any other band but your all time favorite band? dullsvillewhich is why i'm hesitant to call out tolstoy as my favorite writer but he just might be at the very least he's sitting at the head of the? table with genet borges orwell and the other usual suspects i know it because when i popped into the store and saw this gorgeous new hardback of short stories by badass translators pevear volokhonsky well it took all i had not to rub up against it in the store waited till i got in the car and dry humped the shit outta this beautiful bitch greatest hits of stories in here ivan ilyich love me do? terrific if slightly overrated the kreutzer sonata happiness is a warm gun? fucking great master and man blackbird? i cry the devil i'm a loser? amazing hadji murat a day in the life? fucking genius trust me booknerds

  2. Sumati Sumati says:

    The story of Ivan Ilyich was like wine — it goes down smoothly but leaves a biting succulent and lasting impression The book is a deep and moving scrutiny of loss and absolution in which the writer explores the dichotomy between the artificial and the authentic life This book is probably the best account of the physiological and psychological panic a man feels when so close to his own death “Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible” Ivan Ilyich is the story of a respected gregarious and a healthy middle aged court justice who suddenly sickens and dies He leaves behind a wife a woman Ivan disliked two grown up children and a few startled friendsacuaintances whose reaction to his death range from better him than me to how will this affect my career prospects The novella examines the reactions of the wife children and friends at Ivan’s funeral but the bulk of the story summarizes Ivan’s life and his battle with death 'I'll probably get Shtabel's or Vinnikov's job now' thought Fyodor Vasilyevich also 'I'll have to reuest a transfer from Kaluga for my brother in law now' thought Pyotr Ivanovich’the wife will be delighted And now she won't be able to say I've never done anything for my relatives'At the beginning of the book Ivan’s death is announcedthe effects of which are clearly seen amongst the colleagues Who are Fyodor Vasilyevich and Pyotr Ivanovich? Well they are you and I Individuals who react to death in selfish materialistic and fearful ways Can it be that I have not lived as one ought? suddenly came into his head But how not so when I've done everything as it should be done?” In the eyes of the world Ivan Ilyich was the epitome of success but in his own eyes he was a failure Ilyich realizes that his entire hunt to befit himself into the shades of the society left him with absolutely no knowledge for coming to terms with death Ultimately the values of society left Ilyich with nothing of any true worth with no idea of what his life should be The modern society compels us to gloss over the reality of death Society’s illusory and ludicrous norms force us to become strangers from life and death as well “The very fact of the death of someone close to them aroused in all who heard about it as always a feeling of delight that he had died and they hadn't” The brilliance of the book reflects when it brings light upon the dehumanizing aspects of our society The doctor’s indifference towards the dying Ivan is nothing different than the insensitivity with which Ilyich treated the many that passed through his court during his career as a judge Here Tolstoy reminds us about the inability to recognize that other people’s lives are as significant as our own is society’s greatest ill “And suddenly it became clear to me that all this should not exist Not only that it should not exist but that it does not exist and if this does not exist then there is no death or fear and the former rending in me is no and I am no longer afraid of anything Here the light shown fully upon me and I became what I am” At the very end Ilyich glimpses the joy of an authentic life and warns the reader of the dangers of living an unawakened life Ivan’s last breath hopes that we can experience than just a brief minute of this joy Therefore live fully Life is itself a memento mori and death is the proof reminding us that only by accepting our death can we hope to live an authentic life According to Tolstoy we must go against the grain and contemplate what the value of our lives can be when they will eventually end in death if we are to find any meaning in a society that has taken so much of it away from us

  3. Nick Nick says:

    What a great collection of Tolstoy’s shorter fiction Here are my star ratings for each storynovellaThe prisoner of the Caucasus 5The diary of a madman 35The death of Ivan Ilyich 5The Kreutzer sonata 5The devil 4 Master and man 45Father Sergius 5After the ball 35The forged coupon 3Alyosha the pot 3Hadji Murat 5I thought Father Sergius was the best followed closely by Hadji Murat and Ivan Ilyich

  4. Viv JM Viv JM says:

    My edition of “The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories” was the Vintage book translated by Pevear and Volhokonsky It contains the following storiesThe Death of Ivan IlychThe Prisoner of the CaucasusThe Diary of a MadmanThe Kreutzer SonataThe DevilMaster and ManFather SergiusAfter the BallThe Forged CouponAlyosha the PotHadji Muratthose that are underlined I have reviewed separately – follow the link for the reviewThere are some definite repeated themes namely sex death and religious redemption Mostly the first leads to the second or the thirdAs with any collection of stories there are some I like than others I think my favourites would be “Master and Man” and “The Forged Coupon” I found “Hadji Murat” a bit of a slog

  5. Scriptor Ignotus Scriptor Ignotus says:

    I have something to say which for lovers of literature might be borderline blasphemous I read Tolstoy and andHe’s okay Just okay He didn’t rock my world He didn’t change my life His prose is good but not magnificent; his characters are relatable but not unforgettable; his stories are interesting but not uite compelling I didn’t come away from these stories convinced as so many are that Tolstoy is the greatest writer who ever lived In fact of the four great Russian writers I recall having read—Tolstoy Dostoyevsky Turgenev and Lermontov—I would put Tolstoy in third place in front of Turgenev with Lermontov marginally better than him and Dostoyevsky leagues ahead of anyone else Granted I am a Dostoyevsky fanboy and I haven’t read Tolstoy’s two great novels Anna Karenina and War and Peace Maybe if I read either of those works my tune would change dramatically and I’d be embarrassed for having written this review Maybe I’m just a Philistine But I’m a Philistine who calls them like he sees them There’s an interesting variety to the stories in my edition There are war stories like “The Prisoner of the Caucasus” and “Hadji Murat”; there are meditations on death—the final frontier of the soul’s journey—and our struggle to find peace and redemption in the face of it in “The Diary of a Madman” and “The Death of Ivan Ilyich”; there’s an extensive diatribe againstermsex? masuerading as a novella in “The Kreutzer Sonata”; and there’s a little common man hagiography called “Alyosha the Pot” which despite being only a few pages long I found to be the most evocative work in the collection I’m sorry Tolstoyists Coke is better than Pepsi Tupac is better than Biggie and Dostoyevsky is better than Tolstoy Westside

  6. Michael Michael says:

    Ivan Ilych’s life revolved around his career; as a high court judge he takes his job very seriously However after he falls off a ladder he soon discovers that he is going to die The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a novella that deals with the meaning of life in the face of death A masterpiece for Leo Tolstoy written after his religious conversion in the late 1870sSomething that was fascinating about The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the drastic change in writing style when comparing it to Anna Karenina and War and Peace I am not just referring to the length but that does play a big part I have read somewhere that Tolstoy intentionally made Anna Karenina and War and Peace so long because he wanted to replicate life and the journey the characters face Allowing the reader to experience every decision and moral dilemma that the character is facing exploring the growth or evolution of each and every person within the novelsThe Death of Ivan Ilyich takes a focused approach dealing with major uestions revolving around the meaning of life death and spirituality Leo Tolstoy had a major conversion in the late 1870s and the uestions in this novel were the uestions he was asking himself Whether or not Ivan Ilyich found the answers he was looking for is up to the reader but it is believed that Leo Tolstoy was still looking for the same answers well after finishing this novellaThere is a lot of pain and torment that appears in this book which reflects the authors search for answers and that is what really stood out for me Not only was I reading a spiritualexistential struggle of the protagonist but Tolstoy’s own feeling really came out within the pages This is what makes this a masterpiece that explores the tortured artist in great detail I don’t want to say much this is the type of book people have to read and make their own mind up about the themes presented but it is worth readingThis review originally appeared on my blog;

  7. Bryan--Pumpkin Connoisseur Bryan--Pumpkin Connoisseur says:

    Fantastic collection of stories including The Death of Ivan Ilyich The Kreutzer Sonata and Hadji Murat among others Generally I find it hard to rate a single author short story collection five stars because either the uality varies or too many of the stories sound similar But with this collection there are no duds and there is also a wide variation in the types of stories Highly recommended

  8. Tatiana Tatiana says:

    The story The Death of Ivan Ilych is one of my favorite stories ever written Everything about it is so true Tolstoy had that knack of speaking plain truth about subjects like death and war that we almost instinctively idealize for ourselves in our thoughts and writings so that the simple truth when we read it hits us like a powerful revelation This narrative of one man's journey from a busy full middle class life into sickness and then his final slide into death is like death itself both mundane and profound The image of Ivan Ilych's black bag shall be a part of my mental landscape forever

  9. leynes leynes says:

    This is a clear case of It's not you it's me I simply wasn't ready for this When I couldn't participate in the War and Peace readalong due to my busy schedule I decided to compensate by reading a short story collection by Tolstoy instead I thought it would be uick and fun I couldn't have been wrong It turns out that Tolstoy is much philosophical and political than I expected and since I have no knowledge whatsover on Russian history and culture it was extremely hard for me to follow along On a very subjective note I have to say that I found the stories except for The Forged Coupon extremely boring and drawn out The characters weren't memorable and I didn't connect to any of them I really had to force myself to keep on turning the pages But on a objective note after having done research on each short story and the author himself turns out Tolstoy almost got murdered by a bear once like whuaat? I understand their core message a lot better and thus appreciate the collection as a whole a lot Tolstoy in his later years was famously a man with a mission From the 1880s he sought directly to understand the turmoil of contemporary Russia which escalated after the assassination of Alexander II in 1881 and in his lifetime culminated in the Revolution of 1905 No solutions Tolstoy felt could be found either for the problems individuals or society faced without due consideration of issues about property and ownership the meaning of spiritual enlightement the formulation of ethical ideals and identifying sources of goodness and evil Tolstoy's later works of fiction such as the stories collected here reflect sustained soul searching about the value of literatureThe concern of how people live only intensified as his own spiritual crises in the late 1860s and 1870s brought a life changing sense of his own mortality Having lived as a young man for himself and then been the family man on his country estate Tolstoy had begun to lvie for others and for God He convinced himself that social activism and the promotion of what he called 'a good life' were his true vocationThe first short story in this collection The Two Old Men deals with the ethics of character In Tolstoy's fiction man and woman are social animals subject to the pressures of class the village the family unit and peer group Through his virtually daily interaction with peasants at his school on the estate and in his restless rambling about the countryside Tolstoy collected dozens of anectodes and tales that in his view distilled the moral essence of the Russian peasantry The Two Old Men emanates from that world situating the timelessness of Christian pilgrimage within the modern world of steamships and itineraries At the centre of the story are two peasant heroes one rich and one poor whose pilgrimage provides the horizontal structure for the episodes they experience One of them in his exemplary selflessness acuires the reputation of a saint while the other finely balances material and spiritual concerns Both are treated affectionately by Tolstoy and reflect his ideal of Christian humanismThe second story How Much Land Does a Man Need? deals with capitalism and the evils of property Tolstoy repeatedly denounced money as an evil when coveted for itself Tolstoy's concern regarding the dangers of property ownership stem from his belief that once you own property you are obliged to defend it and once the need arises for defence violence must follow Like other stories in this volume this one pits individual determination against accident The story considers the paradox that the one strives after material security the greater the risk that everything will be forfeited The story is attuned to the psychological stress of ownership when an individual negotiates between an old idea of sufficency and a seductive image of wealth Harmony both for the individual and society could be achieved if and only if individuals achieved an inner state of control over their wants Impulses to the good and bad might be temporarily held in check but human nature put human beings at the mercy of combinations of personality and circumstance that could wreck nouble intentionsThe next two stories The Forged Coupon and Master and Workman deal with uestions of justice and how causality and motivation can determine one's actions In Tolstoy's later works no heroes make any great claims for controlling events and the focus of the narrator is on seeing events as they unfold sometimes bewilderingly One key uestion for Tolstoy is whether randomness leads anywhere whether the destination might be accidental and still have moral significance The Forged Coupon takes up the problem of unintended conseuences and illustrates the shift in emphasis from agency to accident and to seeing the whole picture in terms of the butterfly effect where distant rather than proximate causes contribute to a seuence Part 1 is structured as a chain of seemingly unrelated events that all derive from a single mishap at the beginning Or do they? The story could be driven by coincidence that is unfortunate but fatal In Master and Workman Tolstoy reveals the fluidity of identity as a set of impulses and responses that are fixed in the timelessness of the present as lived through A landowner and servant set out on a short jounrey by sled They lose their way briefly during a sudden snowstorm and subseuently regain the right path only to be led fatally off course by recurring bad weather The blizzard has served Russian writers well to represent overwhelming force whether elemental nature fate or an oppressive stateAt one level this is a tale of two individuals whose class relations socio economic status and expectations determine their response to the storm and to their fate controlled to some unknowable degree by luck And yet at the same time in its use of an elemental setting the story also has the universal uality of a fable whose precise lesson can be suggested but not entirely fixedIn the last two stories Alyosha Pot and The Death of Ivan Ilyich Tolstoy processes his struggle to suare the circle of life and death of meaning and erasure Does death necessarily make life senseless? Tolstoy who often assumed extreme positions before arguing his way back to a nuanced view clearly found the conclusion that 'there is nothing worse than life' intuitively and intellectually unacceptable The need to go out and meet and make life rather than allow life to come to one passively defined his philosophyIn Alyosha Pot Tolstoy uses his art to capture the thoughts and feelings of the meekest of men a hero who is only seemingly simple but incarnates an ideal of wise resignation and selfless love Alyosha's emotional intelligence however is beyond the reach of his masters who coarse and unsympathetic refuse him the right to marry The Death of Ivan Ilyich is an unflinching depiction of social hypocrisy Yet Tolstoy uses this tale also to raise the possibility that Ivan Ilyich's resignation to death also occasions a spiritual awakening The light he sees instead of death is limitless and indefinable This collection is packed with a lot of brilliant ideas and so much food for thought that I will take my time to properly digest them Whilst the stories were no particular joy to read and definitely too fastidious for me I still had a lot of fun researching them and learning a bit about Tolstoy himself

  10. Robert Robert says:

    In writing Family Happiness The Death of Ivan Ilych The Kreutzer Sonata and Hadji Murad not to mention War and Peace etc Tolstoy deployed and displayed his tremendous intellect aesthetic gifts and his peculiarly dispassionate but hard hitting moral anger a definite attitude toward the failings of man and human institutions like marriage war and imperial ruleFamily Happiness revolves around an older family friend falling in love with an orphaned girl who has just attained marriageable age Against his better own better judgment he proposes As she matures she discovers the cosmopolitan appeal of St Petersburg which her husband already has come to disdain The best scenes in this affecting descent into realistic accommodation as opposed to romantic love have to do with the two of them baiting one another withdrawing from one another and generally underperforming their personal values In the end their love still glows but casts off neither flames nor lightThe Death of Ivan Ilych is a harsh judgment on an upwardly mobile vaguely noble bureaucrat who learns that death which is supposed to happen to someone else is happening to him The way he is emotionally abandoned by his family before he expires is highly educational and not altogether unwarranted And then he tumbles into the tunnel of no return a ghastly journey This is a masterpiece of narration and irony Tolstoy always has a grip on his subject hereThe same cannot uite be said of The Kreutzer Sonata which suffers from a gassy run up to the facts of the matter ie our protagonist's transformation from a civilized human being into a murderer who gets away with itnot that he ends up pleased with what he's doneHadji Murad is a tale of Russias endless assaults on the peoples of the Caucasus region Hadji is a chieftain at war with another chieftain He's decided to align himself with the Russians in the hopes of rescuing his kidnapped family and taking over as the principal lord of of the Muslim lands under Russia's control however This is a majestic story of action ethnographic insight and cross cultural cynicism One really striking passage is the portrayal of the czar brutally and blindly pulling strings from St Petersburg Tolstoy leaps back and forth between dramatically different settings with complete ease and authority and here I would say his ghastly ending not only comports with historical realities but also reflects a naturalistic as opposed to moralistic perspective He cannot like but cannot dispute Hadji Murad's fateI've read these stories before and so have you I imagine but found them worth rereading Tolstoy is so wonderfully merciless in sorting through our frailties

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The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories ✰ [BOOKS] ✸ The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories By Leo Tolstoy ✽ – 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 inevitabilit Hailed as one of Ivan eBook ✓ of the world's supreme masterpieces on the subject of death The Death Epub / and dying The Death of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a worldly careerist Death of Ivan Kindle Õ a high court judge who has never given the inevitability of his death so Death of Ivan Ilych and Kindle - 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 Death of Ivan Ilych and Kindle - it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.

  • Paperback
  • 304 pages
  • The Death of Ivan Ilych and Other Stories
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • English
  • 19 February 2016
  • 9780451525086

About the Author: Leo Tolstoy

Лев Николаевич Толстой; of Ivan eBook ✓ commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries was a Russian writer The Death Epub / who primarily wrote novels and short stories Later in life he also wrote plays Death of Ivan Kindle Õ and essays His two most famous works the novels War and Peace and Anna Death of Ivan Ilych and Kindle - Karenina are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction Many consider Tolstoy to have been one of the world's greatest novelists Tolstoy is eually known for his complicated and paradoxical persona and for his extreme moralistic and ascetic views which he adopted after a moral crisis and spiritual awakening in the s after which he also became noted as a moral thinker and social reformerHis literal interpretation of the ethical teachings of Jesus centering on the Sermon on the Mount caused Death of Ivan Ilych and Kindle - him in later life to become a fervent Christian anarchist and anarcho pacifist His ideas on nonviolent resistance expressed in such works as The Kingdom of God Is Within You were to have a profound impact on such pivotal twentieth century figures as Mohandas Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.