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Death of Ivan Ilyich

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ISBN-10: 0553210351

ISBN-13: 9780553210354

Edition: 1981

Authors: Leo Tolstoy, Lynn Solotaroff, Ronald Blythe

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Tolstoy's short novel tells the story of a high court judge who has never given his death a passing thought. But one day death announces itself to him, and the judge is brought face to face with his own mortality. How does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?
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Book details

List price: $6.95
Copyright year: 1981
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/1/1981
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 128
Size: 4.25" wide x 6.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.572
Language: English

Tolstoy's life was defined by moral and artistic seeking and by conflict with himself and his surroundings. Of the old nobility, he began by living the usual, dissipated life of a man of his class; however, his inner compulsion for moral self-justification led him in a different direction. In 1851 he became a soldier in the Caucasus and began to publish even while stationed there (Childhood [1852] and other works). Even more significant were his experiences during the Crimean War: the siege of Sevastopol provided the background for his sketches of human behavior in battle in the Sevastopol Stories (1855--56). After the war, Tolstoy mixed for a time with St. Petersburg literary society,…    

In a long and distinguished career Ronald Blythe's work includes Akenfield, his classic study of English village life, poetry, fiction, essays, short stories, history and literary criticism. His work has been filmed, widely translated, awarded literary prizes and his 'voice' recognised as one of special originality.Blythe is President of the John Clare Society and has always taken part in the cultural life of his native countryside. He lives in the Stour Valley in the farmhouse which was once the home of his friend John Nash.