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A Morte de Ivan Ilitch

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Aclamada como uma das maiores obras-primas sobre a temática da morte, esta é a história de Ivan Iliitch, um juiz respeitado que, apercebendo-se da morte próxima, se interroga sobre as suas escolhas, percurso de vida e a mentira em que vive.
Paperback, 91 pages
Published September 2008 by Leya, SA (first published 1886)
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Jenn(ifer)
Jun 29, 2015 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
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Dolors
Jun 29, 2015 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
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Bruce
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
Petra X
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
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Franco  Santos
May 03, 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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Nishat
Mar 12, 2016 Nishat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, read-in-2015
"Where shall I be when I am no more?"

Some will argue and say that the end of everything earthily and unearthily, comes with death and neither darkness nor light can remain afterwards. And the others will say that death comes with the final awakening of the soul. For a fact, this debate will go on and bodies will fall to the ground like leaves do when the wind moves. And we shall know at least to satisfy our quest that the unseen has always been feared for no matter what.

Can a sinful life ever me
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Rowena
Oct 14, 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!
Lou
Jun 30, 2012 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
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

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Florencia
Nov 08, 2015 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
Mahdi
Apr 19, 2015 Mahdi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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،
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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
Komal
May 22, 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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Stephen P
Jul 09, 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
Teresa
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
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Fabian
May 27, 2016 Fabian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ivan Ilych's life had been most ordinary and therefore most terrible."

The beautiful line is a synopsis of what all of this boils down to. More than likely, in my preEmo 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 between my i
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Lyn
Sep 24, 2015 Lyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just as David Allen Coe wrote 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.

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Carmo Santos
Dec 06, 2015 Carmo Santos rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russos
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
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Ludgero Cardoso
Dec 30, 2015 Ludgero Cardoso rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Meu Deus. Fiquei com vontade de me deitar no chão e chorar em posição fetal. Não por causa da dor que o protagonista atravessa por enfrentar a morte, ou por outro motivo relacionado com ele, mas sim pela minha própria vida. Terminei a leitura com a sensação que somos todos Ivan Ilitch e isso é perturbador. Este livro tem tanto de nós, que se transforma num murro no estômago. A vida é efémera e deve ser vivida da forma que queremos e não da forma que achamos que devemos viver.
Cheryl
It is the epitome of a true classic. It is timeless. It is as immediately relevant now as it was when it was published 130 years ago.
Here is the unexamined Life, with its strivings, hypocrisies, bargains, illusions upon illusions, and its screens stopping thoughts of Death.
Then Life is introduced to Death. The screens are relentlessly stripped away, revealing…nothing? “There is no explanation! Agony, death… .What for?”
This is why I read.
Fatemeh
Sep 26, 2015 Fatemeh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
کتاب رو خیلی وقت پیش خونده بودم . آنقدری که چیزی جز نامش به خاطرم نبود . وقتی دوست عزیزی برای زمان فراغتم پیشنهادش داد از وسوسه دوباره خواندنش نتوانستم بگذرم .
داستان با خواندن اعلامیه فوت ایوان ایلیچ در جمع همکارانش شروع می شود و در همان بخش شرحی مختصر از دوستان و همسرش و واکنش آن ها در برابر مرگ ایوان ایلیچ به ما می دهد . بقیه داستان بطور مختصر به زندگی ایوان ایلیچ و بطور مفصل به سه ماه و جهار هفته و سه روزی که با بیماری دست به گریبان است می پردازد .
شرح مترجم را در پایان کتاب خواندم و یک سخنر
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Mohammad
Jun 13, 2015 Mohammad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مرگ ایوان ایلیچ
ناگهان قضیه به شکل کاملاً متفاوتی خود را نمایاند. ایوان ایلیچ به خود گفت: «آپاندیس! کلیه! مسئله آپاندیس یا کلیه نیست، مسئله زندگی و... مرگ است. بله، در اندرون من حیات بود و اکنون این حیات دارد میرود و من هم نمیتوانم جلویش را بگیرم.» (ص66) ر

مرگ ایوان ایلیچ شاید تاثیرگذارترین و تکان دهنده ترین داستانی بود که من تاکنون خوانده ام. تولستوی در این اثر، که متعلق به نیمه دوم زندگی اوست (یعنی پس از تحول شبه مذهبی و فاصله گرفتنش از آثار قبلی: آناکارنینا و جنگ و صلح)، فضایی به غایت واقع گرا،
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Nikki
Jan 04, 2013 Nikki rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Normally a book that looks this closely at death would, I'm afraid, terrify me. I have enough anxiety already, I don't need to think about the "dragging pain" in Ivan Ilyich's side, which -- being a doctor's daughter -- I could diagnose fairly easily as some kind of cancer, quite probably cancer of the gallbladder. That "dragging pain" is the giveaway to me, because it was in all the descriptions of the sort of pain cancer of the gallbladder causes. I know all about that because of the anxious p ...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
موت ايفان ايليتش , إحدى قصص تولستوي الخالدة .
أنا معجب بقصص تولستوي و أثّرت بي كثيراً و أنا صغير السنّ , أكثر من رواياته دون أن ننفي ملحميّة رواياته و كونها أضحت جزءاً من الذاكرة البشرية , موت ايفان ايليتش تقع بين القصة و الرواية , و يصف فيها موت ايفان ايليتش ابن الطبقة الوسطى , ايفان الذي يدرك قبل موته بساعات فقط أنّه بسبب خضوعه لدوره المسبق في مسرحية المجتمع و توزيعه الطبقي و الوظيفي كان قد أمضى حياته كما لا يجب أن تكون , خاليةً من العواطف و الحميمية و الأخطاء حتى , ربما سلّم نفسه للموت مرتاحا
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Jibran
Dec 30, 2014 Jibran rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
For those scared of the size of Tolstoy's stellar works like 'War and Peace' and 'Anna Karenina', this novella may be a good starting point as an introduction to the art of Tolstoy. Set in imperial Russia at a time when every aspiring person seemed to measure their success through their rank or office in the Russian civil service, it is an excellent critique of the elite's aspirations, the suffocating formality of their lifestyles, of their being beholden to positions and job titles.

At the same
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Miguel
Aug 14, 2015 Miguel rated it it was amazing
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Apesar de a seguinte frase ser empolada e um óbvio lugar-comum, acaba por ser conveniente e azada para a reflexão da obra A Morte de Ivan Ilitch : a única certeza que temos quando nascemos é que vamos morrer.
Este facto é o verdadeiro padecimento que definha, debilita e aniquila um ser humano; é a autêntica doença infeciosa que qualquer um, prendado de consciência e racionalidade, pode facilmente contrair.

Estou siderado... Lev Tolstoi é um escritor brilhante que reproduz, com profundo conheci
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Alice Poon
Nov 01, 2015 Alice Poon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I had expected this novella to be all dark and depressing. But it turned out to be dark with a silver lining. Through telling a story about the life of a Russian judge, who falls ill at the height of his career and life accomplishment, Tolstoy leads the reader into the inner struggles of the protagonist as he is confronted with the threat of death. The writing is simple and calm but has an intimacy and immediacy about it that it rattles one's nerves and fibers. The questions raised about life an
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Γιώρη Μπέλκος
Ειναι αξιοθαύμαστο το πως περιγράφει ο συγγραφέας την πορεία αυτού του ανθρώπου προς το θάνατο. Μόνο ενας άνθρωπος που το εχει ζήσει θα μπορούσε να το περιγράψει τόσο παραστατικά. Το διάβασα και μεσα στη μεγάλη ευδομαδα και το αισθανόμουν ακόμα πιο έντονα. Ειναι μια σπουδή στο το ανυπέρβλητο.
Hugo
Nov 26, 2015 Hugo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No auge da dor, Ivan Ilitch revê a sua vida e, exeptuando algumas boas lembranças da infância, sente que não viveu como deveria ter vivido, são escassos os seus argumentos contra a morte. Temos em Guerassime um belo exemplo do "trata como gostarias de ser tratado um dia". Tolstoy condensa neste pequeno livro muito do que o faz ser considerado um dos expoentes máximos da literatura universal. Favorito!
Elijah Kinch Spector
(I actually read this in Great Short Works.)
"What is this? Can it be that it is Death?" And the inner voice answered: "Yes, it is Death."
"Why these sufferings?" And the voice answered, "For no reason--they are just so."
p. 296 in Great Short Works

I fucking love Tolstoy so much. He's not just ahead of his time, he's usually ahead of his reader, too.

If I wanted to be kind, to myself, I'd say that The Death of Ivan Ilyich is about a boring man looking back on his life and wondering if he's wasted i
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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?” 50 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?” 50 likes
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