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Als Peter Ivanovitsj zich met een aantal collega-juristen terugtrekt uit een proces om te overleggen, valt zijn blik op een rouwadvertentie waarin zijn vriend en collega Ivan Iljitsj vermeld staat. Terwijl zijn collega’s overleggen over hoe Iljitsj’ dood wel eens tot hun promotie zou kunnen leiden, besluit Ivanovitsj de weduwe van zijn vriend op te zoeken. Zij vertelt hem ...more
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Published April 2010 by Meulenhoff (first published 1886)
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Mishanya111 Tolstoy stood on the position of humanism, claiming that the inevitability of the death makes our circumvantes all useless. This book's plot's based…moreTolstoy stood on the position of humanism, claiming that the inevitability of the death makes our circumvantes all useless. This book's plot's based on the story of I.I.Mechnikov's death - the famous lawyer disappointed in all his life's achievements before death. Moreover this story concerns the universal moral laws, beeing in focus of T.'s attention that years.

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Jun 29, 2015 Jenn(ifer) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
Jun 29, 2015 Dolors rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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
you're all excited about someone new only to discover that the beatles are their all-time favorite band. and it all starts to unravel, eh? the beatles are the most popular pop/rock band of all time, wildly innovative, probably wrote more great songs than any other band... but your all-time favorite band? dull dull dull. i think i'd even take someone who champions rush or the eagl- (no, not the eagles. any other band but the eagles, steve miller, or aerosmith) over the beatles just because it's m ...more
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
Cheryl Kennedy
Spend time with a timeless author and Ivan Ilych, a human being dealing with the discontinuity of life when all he's known is the sameness. If you are able to put aside resistances to the subject of death, you will find much to identify with and think about long after the last sentence.
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

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!
"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
Stephen P
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

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،
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
"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
Carmo Santos

É duro, é real e assusta! 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 trás consigo uma solidão opressiva, uma impotência e uma revolta que ninguém à volta do doente poderá 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 suf
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.
Florencia Brino
Jan 03, 2015 Florencia Brino rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any human being
Shelves: russian, favorites
I read this novella a couple of weeks ago and I didn't 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 na ...more
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،
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
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
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
Elijah 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
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
Daniel Pecheur
Wow is my first expression upon having finished my first Tolstoy- his novella The Death of Ivan Ilyich, which the Russian master wrote after a religious conversion. Tolstoy is a master of fine details and resplendent subtlety. The work is a meditation on the human condition as Tolstoy saw it, tinged by Christian asceticism, in the case of the title character and all those around him who have succumbed to the spiritual decay of living in monochromatic conformity with the values and the superficia ...more
Ken Moten
"O death, where is thy sting?..." 1 Corinthians 15:55 (KJV)

"And suddenly it grew clear to him that what had been oppressing him and would not leave him...He was sorry for them, he must act so as not to hurt them: release them and free himself from these sufferings."

I like to belatedly dedicate this review to my grandfather who recently died, I hope he realized his life had much meaning. (1944-2014)

This short story was my introduction to Leo Tolstoy and it was interesting. I was just getting int
Pobre Ivan Ilich. Se le fué la vida en nada y se dió cuenta un momento antes de morir.
Porque se entera de que todo ha sido una mentira, qué puede ser más terrible que eso? Es de una tristeza profunda y cansada, llena de desilusión y de tiempo perdido.
Se enferma sin darse cuenta, pensando que estaba viviendo una vida ideal.

Cada paso que damos nos acerca a un acierto, o a un error.

Le cuesta aceptar que “no ha vivido su vida como debía”, porque es como decir que no tuvo ningún sentido, al encontrar
There are two topics novels don't cover well or often: death and parenting. It's logistically hard to experience the first and write about it, and...well, actually the same goes for the second. Here, the mightiest of psychological novelists takes on death itself - not violent death, we have that covered, but the most mundane of all possible death. Slow, painful, boring, annoying death. The only other book I'm aware of to cover it like this is Stoner, which does a nice job with it and nothing els ...more
This wasn't a particularly bad book--it was simple and easy to read, but I personally think this book lacked a real plot. It was way too philosophical and uneventful for my taste.

It could be that I hate required reading or something about the book itself, but I couldn't find anything to enjoy about the story at all.
There are about 10 works of literature that I think about almost on a daily basis. This novella is one of them. Tolstoy pens a story about the basics of life and does so with a satirical yet understated tone. We meet a man who is bogged down in the pettiness of day-to-day cares until the spectre of death hangs over him, causing him to question the meaning of life, the meaning of his life. In this novella, time and space constrict to leave the title character stripped of all the vanities that dis ...more
I'm a bit at a loss here trying to put into words what exactly it is that The Death of Ivan Ilych made me feel. Mostly, it put me in a dying man's shoes and left me in a frustrating and uncomfortable state, pressured to appreciate the value of said man’s life – which I would have no problem with, if it wasn’t for the direct, meditative and personal approach.

I found it hard to detach myself completely from Ivan’s tale. Most of the time, I was too focused on me, on whether I could empathize with h
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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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“Ivan Ilych's life had been most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible.” 86 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?” 38 likes
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