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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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Ivan Ilyich is a worldly careerist, a high-court judge who has never given a thought to the inevitability of his death. 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? The first part of the story portrays Ilychs collea ...more
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May 06, 2012 Jenn(ifer) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Schopenhauer
Recommended to Jenn(ifer) by: Virginia Woolf

"“Death is over," he said to himself. "There is no more death.”

When I picked this book up at a library book sale, I did so without expectation that I would actually enjoy reading it. See, I had mistakenly given up on the masters of Russian literature due to the struggles I had reading a particular novel (I’m looking at you Brothers Karamazov!), assuming they were all inaccessible and there was no point in expending anymore energy trying to make sense of books with characters that go by 3 differe
Mar 05, 2014 Dolors rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those not afraid to know

Today I turned the last page of Banville’s Eclipse and was literally hit by the profundity of a book that surreptitiously echoes the mastery of the classic tragedies. My pupils dilated until they watered when I bumped into this paragraph:

“As a boy I knew the stars, and loved to speak their names over to myself, in celestial litany, Venus, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, the Bears, great and lesser. How I loved the coldness of those lights, their purity, their remoteness from us and all we do and all that
Last year the group catching up on classics chose The Death of Ivan Ilyich as one of their monthly short story selections. At the time, I did not have the time to read it; however, a play I recently read had reading Anna Karenina as a major plot line. Wanting an introduction to Tolstoy prior to reading this epic, I decided upon Ivan Ilyich as my gateway to his more celebrated work.

Ivan Ilyich enjoyed an upper middle class life in pre revolutionary Russia. He graduated from a jurisprudence cours
It is a widespread stereotype that Russian classics are mostly long, tedious, boring, a burden to get through, but one only needs to read a short book like The Death of Ivan Ilych in order to be proven wrong. A philosophical, in its beautiful writing almost lyrical account of a dying man's life, Tolstoy will make you think about your own mortality, about happiness, sorrow and most likely your own life as well.

“They had supper and went away, and Ivan Ilych was left alone with the consciousness
Feb 14, 2017 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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”El significado de la vida está en que se detiene.” - Franz Kafka

Pocos libros resultan ser tan contundentes como esta obra de arte que escribió Tolstói en 1886, puesto que no puede ser calificada de otra manera. Escritores, filósofos, artistas plásticos y músicos, entre otros, sólo tienen palabras de admiración ante esta pequeña pero gran novela. Yo siempre sostengo que una novela no necesita tener mil páginas para transformarse en una joya literaria y este es un caso que lo demuestra con creces
Petra Eggs
Socrates said that an unexamined life was not worth living. In Kafka's The Metamorphosis poor Gregor Samsa is transformed into a being that cannot take part in the daily round of society and becomes more and more sidelined and ignored by those around him. This book, the Death of Ivan Ilych, has both of these notions contained within it's theme.

Ivan Ilyich is dying. As he grows sicker and fits less in with his fair weather friends and family and their preoccupation with their social life, they le
Jan 30, 2009 Bruce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Each time I reread Tolstoy’s little novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych, I read it differently. As a college student I read it as a description of an experience for someone elderly, an experience distant, almost unreal, so far in the future as to be strange, almost surreal. Reading it again during my years as a practicing physician, I was impressed by Tolstoy’s perceptiveness of the stages of grieving, the writings of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross being then all the rage, and how my patients had similar ex ...more
Great classic short story by Tolstoy examines a man's reflection on his life as he nears death.....

I am so glad that one of my GR groups chose this short story by Leo Tolstoy as a book-of-the-month. I had not heard of The Death of Ivan Ilych prior to this selection and it was an interesting and impactful read.

Contrary to what you may expect from the title, this is not a violent read or a tearjerker. It is a story of a man who has lived a life -- perhaps not to its fullest. He has been consumed
Jul 17, 2011 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as David Allen Coe sang the perfect Country and Western song, so might this be the perfect Russian short story / novella.

Tolstoy has all the pertinent Russian elements: death, misery, estrangement, corrupt aristocracy, worthless professional class, strong and noble peasantry metaphorically and actually carrying the rich on their backs, guilt and a moment of clarity before the end.

If you are bothered by your own mortality then consider yourself forewarned. It's not just the thought of dying much too young, just when you have gained a level of accomplishment, but also to die in agony, slowly. I've seen it much to close in my life, and to read such a vivid account was difficult. The power of writing, of good writing, can take you many places, even places you don't want to go.
Franco  Santos
Mar 31, 2016 Franco Santos rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Espectacular libro. Una pequeña joya que nos ha legado este escritor ruso al que, sin ninguna duda, volveré. Tolstói logra capturar la soledad, la desesperación, la decadencia de la mente y la pérdida de manera extraordinaria. Si se quiere ser eterno, es menester ser cuidadoso con lo que se deja. La eternidad solo es alcanzable en la vida de otros.

¿Lo malo? Demasiado corto. Quería que durase más.

En fin, el mejor libro que he leído sobre la muerte. Obra necesaria para entender un poco más de la
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Nov 22, 2010 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ivan Ilych's life had been most ordinary & therefore most terrible..."

This arresting line is a synopsis of what all of this boils down to. More than likely, in my pre-Emo high school years, had I read all 52 grueling pages of "The Death of Ivan Ilych", and truly understood its exquisite prolonged lingering around the very morbid notion of death, it would have been a brick in my fo(und/rm)ation. Sadly, nowadays I am way more bubbly and optimistic than ever, so I had a healthy distance betwee
Jan 30, 2012 Rowena rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The more Tolstoy I read, the more I appreciate his literary genius and his philosophic thoughts. This was a relatively short book dealing with Ivan Ilyich's realization of his impending death. His life had been mediocre at best and he realizes he hadn't really been happy and had been trying to live an "ideal" life. What awful thoughts to realize when one is so close to death!

این داستان بلند را باید حتماً خواند. این را و داستان بلند دیگر "پدر سرگئی" را. مضمون کلی آن هم تقریباً مشابه این داستان و تقریباً مشابه سایر آثار بزرگ تولستوی، از جمله جنگ و صلح و آنا کارنیناست. حرفی که این داستان بلند می خواهد بزند، گم شدن "معنای انسان بودن" در میان روزمرگی هاست. شخصیت اصلی، یک کارمند موفق است و ترقی های زیادی در اداره اش کرده. اما وقتی با مرگ محتوم رو به رو می شود، تازه می فهمد که هرگز زندگی نکرده است و سراسر عمرش را به همین ترقی بی معنی و کار بی معنی تر سپری کرده است. آن گاه،
Jun 30, 2013 Florencia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any human being
Shelves: favorites, russian
I read this novella a couple of weeks ago and I did not write a review right away; I had to put my thoughts in order (they rarely are but, oh well). That only happens after reading an amazing book, brilliantly written, that deals with the human condition like Dostoyevsky's keen eye can deal. This book is about life itself, life in its most virtuous and degrading glory. This masterpiece has no more than 120 pages, but it manages to show many perspectives on different issues concerning the human n ...more
Feb 04, 2017 Τζο rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το βιβλίο αυτό δεν θα το διάβαζα ποτέ εάν δεν το συναντούσα συχνά στα βιβλία ψυχολογίας που διαβάζω με κύριο θέμα τους τον.. θάνατο. Τελευταία φορά που διάβασα μια αναφορά για αυτό το βιβλίο ήταν στο "ΕΜΕΙΣ ΟΙ ΘΝΗΤΟΙ". Ο συγγραφέας το επαινούσε για την δεξιότητα του Τολστόι να εμβαθύνει τόσο στην ψυχολογία ενός ετοιμοθάνατου.
Ο Ϊβαν Ϊλιτς πεθαίνει. Μέσα απο την αργή αλλά σταθερή πορεία του Ιλιτς προς τον θάνατο γινόμαστε θεατές μιας φοβερής εσωτερικής διεργασίας. Ο Τόλστοι είναι εκπληκτικά ταλαντ
در جستجوی نام خویش
برای بار سوم این کتاب را خواندم و این بار به آن 5 ستاره می دهم. واقعا متعجم که تولستوی این دقت نظر را چگونه کسب کرده. توصیفاتی که او ارائه می دهد، داستان به ظاهر بسیار ساده ای چنان زنده می سازد که نمی توان از آن دست کشید. و شاید همین باشد که او را به حق از تکرارنشدنی های تاریخ می دانند. به هر رو کتابی است که شاید باید بارها خوانده شود.

:اما چند نکته
1- در کتاب های مختلف تولستوی، کنایه های قوی و ارزشمندی دیده می شود به چیزهایی مثل سیستم اداری و پزشکی جامعه آن روز
2- من با کتاب های تولستوی چندین جا خ
May 30, 2011 Lou rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, june-read
You are transported to the world of Ivan and walk with him to his last moments at deaths door. A story of the terror of death and Ivan's fear of dying, his concern and sorrow for his families witnessing of his howling and decline. Suffering realizes joy of youth and memories of the best of days, while he is in this process of death the solitude brings him to doors of gone memories of happiness. How our daily trappings take us away from finer and truer happier moments of life, a time lost so valu ...more
Farnoosh Farahbakht
هر چند نام کتاب با "مرگ" همراه است و داستان نیز با "مرگ" شروع و پایان می پذیرد ،بیش از هر چیز خواننده را به تفکر درباره "زندگی" و بازنگری آن ترغیب می کند.کتاب بسیار زیبا و ملموس زندگی، افکار و احساسات شخص رودررو با مرگ و خودخواهی و غفلت اطرافیان نسبت به این موضوع را به تصویر می کشد."ایوان ایلیچ" که در ظاهر و بر اساس بسیاری از معیارهای امروزی انسان موفقی است در زمان رویارویی با مرگ با دیده تردید به هر آنچه روزی برایش مایه فخر و مباهات بود می نگرد و درمی یابد چطور معنای زندگی را در میان روزمرگی و ...more
Dec 08, 2013 ZaRi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novellate
از متن کتاب:

"حالا اگر زندگی من، زندگی آگاهانه ام، همه گمراهی بوده باشد چه؟
مثل این بود که پیوسته، با سیری یکنواخت از سراشیبی فرو می لغزم و گمان می کردم که به سوی قله صعود می کنم. و به راستی همین طور بود. در انتظار مردم، در راه اعتبار و عزت بالا می رفتم و زندگی با همان شتاب از زیر پایم می گذشت و از من دور می شد… تا امروز که مرگ بر درم می کوبد."


"ایوان ایلیچ مردی است محترم.او هیچگاه گمان نمی برد که دنیای پر آرامش و ارزشهای ثابت کانون زندگیش ممکن است در لحظه ای ناگهان باطل شود.ایوان ایلیچ.مرگ را ن
Celeste Corrêa
Um romance curto cujo título «A Morte de Ivan Ilitch» (1886) não deixa dúvidas sobre que assunto vamos ler: a morte.
A morte de um homem que teve uma história de vida o «mais simples e vulgar e por isso a mais horrível» , mas que sentiu também as alegrias da ambição, as alegrias da vaidade e as verdadeiras alegrias do jogo de cartas vint em companhia de bons parceiros.

Uma vida agradável que foi perturbada por um desconforto no lado esquerdo do ventre e um gosto estranho na boca – aparece a dor, u
Jul 09, 2013 Carmo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rússia, bib-p
Uma pedrada no charco das nossas consciências que vem acordar os nossos medos perante a doença, a incapacidade e a morte.
O presságio da morte traz consigo uma solidão opressiva, uma impotência e uma revolta que ninguém à volta do doente pode aliviar. Perante a fatalidade surgem as inevitáveis perguntas:
-Porquê eu? Porquê agora? A verdade é pode acontecer a cada um de nós em qualquer momento. Não queremos é pensar nisso, como se o simples facto de não pensar, seja suficiente para que não aconte
Maria Espadinha
Feb 15, 2017 Maria Espadinha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Balanço Final

Ivan Ilitch sempre vivera longe do amor! Carreirista ambicioso e egocêntrico, refugiara-se no trabalho e no jogo, preterindo a afectividade...
Até àquele dia em que sentiu a morte aproximar-se com passos curtos e rápidos - a nova situação pedia reflexão!
Foi então invadido por uma incómoda sensação de falhanço radical - a sua vida fora marcadamente infeliz, com excepção de alguns momentos fugazes que vivera na infância!
E porquê? Que fizera ele de tão errado que justificasse tão execrá
peiman-mir5 rezakhani
داستانِ گیرا و جذابی نبود... بازهم داستانِ سرشار از ناامیدی و البته کنایه و زخم زبان زدن های <تولستوی> به قشر سرمایه دار و اشراف زادگانِ روسیه را مشاهده میکنیم... داستان در موردِ مردی به نامِ <ایوان ایلیچ> است که قاضی میباشد و از طبقهٔ اشرافی جامعه است و به نظامِ اجتماعی نیز پایبند میباشد و هیچ یک از انتخاب ها در زندگیش به دلخواهش نبوده است و تنها زندگی کودکانه اش همراه با شادی بوده و ازدواج خوشایندی که با عشق همراه باشد نیز نداشته است... در حال تعویض پردهٔ خانه از نردبان به پایین می ...more
Mike Puma

A mini-review not intended for the easily offended (i.e., there’s a dirty part)

But first, Constance Garnett. Is it possible that this woman was the best and worst thing to happen to all Russian public domain titles? She seems to have translated everything Russian that was in print at the time of her demise. Given that her translations are, likely, the stuff much academic criticism is based on, one has to wonder what could have been. There is a vague sort of missed opportunity that hovers over t

Aug 07, 2013 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
teresa morreu…
os colegas animam-se com a oportunidade de promoção por sucessão…
o conjugue preocupa-se em aproveitar todas as oportunidades de receber subsídios, pensões,…
mas, primeiro, há que passar pela maçada da cerimónia dos pêsames, velório e funeral.

teresa nasceu, cresceu, estudou, trabalhou, casou, foi mãe…

teresa está a viver a sua morte…
um acidente, ao colocar cortinados na casa nova, causa-lhe um problema renal que a arrasta para uma morte lenta, dolorosa e solitária.
O sofrimento é atro
Oct 04, 2014 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Το ότι ο Τολστόι ήταν σπουδαίος λογοτέχνης το ήξερα ανέκαθεν, παρόλα αυτά δεν είχα διαβάσει ποτέ διήγημά του. Ο πολυαγαπημένος μας συγγραφέας, λοιπόν, κινείται με τον ίδιο δεξιοτεχνικό τρόπο σε μια διαφορετική του μυθιστορήματος φόρμα, πιο περιορισμένη, περνάει το ίδιο έντονα μηνύματα, για τη ζωή και την ουσία της, για την ανάγκη της καλύτερης διαχείρισής της, ώστε να μη μοιάζει με θάνατο. Εντούτοις, οι χαρακτήρες του διηγήματος είναι άρτια και σε βάθος ψυχογραφημένοι, πολυδιάστατοι, με τα λάθη ...more
Stephen P
Jun 29, 2015 Stephen P rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, novella
Tolstoy faces us square, eye to eye, with death, with life; real life versus false life. We are put there as no other writer has done. Absenting dense complex prose he allows the story to carry its full weight and tell itself. Tolstoy wastes no time nor a word in bringing to bold life Ivan Ilych’s journey from the safety of a conventional life to facing what that life sought to hide from. By hiding from death it also hid from life. He glazes a mirror and polishes the clarity of its sheen. It ref ...more
Mar 11, 2014 Komal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
"As soon as man lives, he is old enough to die."

I have now understood the reasons and significance behind the categorization of Count Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy as among one of the finest literary figures, in Russia and elsewhere. Leo Tolstoy penned this book in the year 1886--shortly before he began to pursue religion and teachings of the life after this one. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a short novella and it faces boldly the materialistic issues and philosophical meanderings tied to the concept
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Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой; commonly Leo Tolstoy in Anglophone countries) was a Russian writer who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Later in life, he also wrote plays and essays. His two most famous works, the novels War and Peace and Anna Karenina, are acknowledged as two of the greatest novels of all time and a pinnacle of realist fiction. Many consider To ...more
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“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?” 81 likes
“Morning or night, Friday or Sunday, made no difference, everything was the same: the gnawing, excruciating, incessant pain; that awareness of life irrevocably passing but not yet gone; that dreadful, loathsome death, the only reality, relentlessly closing in on him; and that same endless lie. What did days, weeks, or hours matter?” 63 likes
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