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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 inevitability of his dying so 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.

Paperback, 86 pages
Published August 3rd 2006 by Waking Lion Press (first published 1886)
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Ashley Tolstoy has been translated into every major language including English.
Edward Nugent I see it more as a cautionary tale about living. While Ivan thought he was living the good life, it only led to suffering and death. Not until hours…moreI see it more as a cautionary tale about living. While Ivan thought he was living the good life, it only led to suffering and death. Not until hours before dying, does he realize that what he had thought was the correct way to live was, in fact the, cause of his suffering. Once he accepts his suffering and the inevitability of death, does he realize that the purpose of life is not to be the cause of suffering for yourself and others.(less)

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May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it it was amazing
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
Luís C.
The Death of Ivan Ilych, written in 1886, was the first major fictional work published by Tolstoy during his post-conversion. Tolstoy's religious philosophy which illustrates the values of brotherly love, Christian charity, and mutual support are the frameworks for the writing of this novel. Just as Tolstoy's discovery of the true meaning of life led him to fulfillment and an acceptance of death, Ivan Ilych's awakening comes through the realization of death which ignites within him fear, anger, ...more
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
Issa Deerbany
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رغم كآبة القصة ولكن ابدع تولستوي فيما يشعر المريض.

كيف يشعر بتغير نظرة الناس له. كيف يشعر ان من حوله لا يهتمون به رغم معاناته. ويصبح يكره من حوله ويشعر انهم يتمنون موته.

يستعيد شريط حياته وكم كان سعيدا ولكنه بعد ذلك يتألم ويبعد تلك الذكريات عن تفكيره أإنها تزيده ألما.

يبدأ في معاملة عائلته بقسوة لانه يشك انهم يتمنون رحيله، فهو يكرههم لذلك.

يبدأ الشك في إيمانه ولما عاقبه الله بهذا الالم وهذا الموت وهل كان يستحق ذلك.

وعندما يبدأ بالاحتضار يصبح طيبا ويطلب ان يسامحوه.

مبدع تولستوي وهو ليس بحاجة لشهادتي ف
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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"Ivan Ilych's life had been most ordinary and 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 between
Feb 14, 2017 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 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 fairweather friends and family and their preoccupation with their social life, they lea
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
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.

درحقیقت مرگ ایوان ایلیچ، اولین تجربه من از تولستوی بود. جای تأسفه، بیست سالمه و خیلی از شاهکارها رو نخوندم. چپ و راست بم میگن فلان چیزو خوندی؟ نه. ویرجینیا وولف؟ نه. ایشیگورو؟ نه. یوسا؟ نه. مارکز؟ آو، دو سه تایی خوندم. دیکنز؟ اینم آو و اینا. همینگوی؟ چندتا کوتاه و پیرمرد و دریا فقط. داستایوفسکی؟ کوتاهاشو. و تولستوی؟ مرگ ایوان ایلیچ. بیست سال زندگی کردم و انگشتشمار شاهکار خوندم.

تولستوی مثل یه مهندس داستانشو طراحی میکنه. همهچیز دقیق و محکم و ساختارمند و فکرشده. هیچ خدشهای نمیتونی بهش وارد کنی. من

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،
Jul 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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.

Franco  Santos
Mar 31, 2016 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
Dec 08, 2013 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
829. The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo Tolstoy
مرگ ایوان ایلیچ - لئو تولستوی (نیلوفر) ادبیات روسیه
مترجمهای این اثر: صالح حسینی؛ هوشنگ اسماعیلیان؛ رضی خدادادی (هیرمندی)؛ لاله بهنام؛ سالومه مهوشان؛ یوسف قنبر؛ حسن زمانی؛ تیمور قادری؛ سروش حبیبی؛ حمیدرضا آتش بر آب؛ محمد دادگر؛ علی اصغر بهرامی؛ کاظم انصاری؛ هستند
ایوان ایلیچ، شخصیت اصلی داستان تولستوی، شخصی موفق در زندگی روزمره و کاری است ولی در زندگی شخصی دچار مشکلاتی است. البته این مشکلات به نوعی متأثر از موفقیتهای کاری وی است. او بنا به دلایلی که در کتا
Jan 30, 2012 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!
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Το πρώτο 5* της χρονιάς σε Ρώσο;;;; Εγώ που είχα ορκιστεί οτι δεν θα πιάσω ποτέ Ρώσο στα χέρια μου;;;; Χάλασε ο κόσμος...
Jun 30, 2013 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
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Maria Espadinha
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Balanço Final

Ivan Ilitch viveu afastado do amor! Carreirista ambicioso e egocêntrico, refugiou-se no trabalho e no jogo, preterindo a afectividade...
Até àquele dia em que sentiu a morte aproximar-se a longos passos rápidos -- tal situação impunha 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 execrável agoni
Mar 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: classics, philosophy, allegory
Shelves: classics
I've always liked Tolstoy's writing style, as he can describe something simply and clearly. Even the heavy topic of death, he managed to narrate it from the point of view of the actual dead, Ivan Ilych, who experianced it through it's multiple stages. It's wonderful, simple, sad and eye opening. Recommended.
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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
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
Elahe Yari
عالی عالی عالی
توصیفات و درک تولستوی از بیماری و فردی که در انتظار مرگه فوق العاده بود. این که نویسنده چطور به این تجربه رسیده و تونسته این حالات رو درک کنه واقعا برام سواله...!
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Συγκλονιστικη περιγραφη!! Στεναχωρο πολυ αλλα ταυτοχρονα ρεαλιστικο. Εδειξε με αληθινο και απλο τροπο την ψυχο-συνθεση του αρρωστου καθως κ την απογνωση του. Αναζητουσε την απαντηση στην ερωτηση Γιατι;; Γιατι να του συμβαινει αυτο; Βρισκοταν μετεωρος και ζουσε εναν παραλογισμο...απο τη μια να αποδεχεται την αρρωστια κ τον θανατο, απο την αλλη να τρεφει ελπιδες πως θα θεραπευτει. Καθε φορα που πονουσε ενιωθα κ γω ενα δυνατο πονο στο στομαχι.

Το διδαγμα ειναι πως η υγεια ειναι πανω απ' ολα και πως
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
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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?” 101 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?” 74 likes
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