The Death of Ivan Ilych

The Death of Ivan Ilych


Leo Tolstoy Romance

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The Death of Ivan Ilych (1886) is considered one of the best novellas and Tolstoy's masterpiece after his religious conversion. It tells the story of a judge's terminal illness in 19th century Russia. 

Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (1828 – 1910), usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian writer who is regarded as one of the greatest authors of all time. He received multiple nominations for Nobel Prize in Literature every year from 1902 to 1906, and nominations for Nobel Peace Prize in 1901, 1902 and 1910, and his miss of the prize is a major Nobel prize controversy.

Translator: Louise and Aylmer Maude


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From that moment the screaming began that continued for three days, and was so terrible that one could not hear it through two closed doors without horror. At the moment he answered his wife he realized that he was lost, that there was no return, that the end had come, the very end, and his doubts were still unsolved and remained doubt……