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Death of Ivan Ilych

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ISBN-10: 1933633549

ISBN-13: 9781933633541

Edition: 2008

Authors: Leo Tolstoy, Ian Dreiblatt

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A new translation of one of the most revered and exquisite novellas ever written: After a simple accident at home, a middle-aged man gradually realizes he's dying. But is it too late to realize life's meaning? Leo Tolstoy is the author of numerous novels, stories, and polemics, including War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
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Book details

List price: $10.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Melville House Publishing
Publication date: 4/1/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 106
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.286

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,…    

Leo Tolstoy was born into the upper levels of the Russian aristocracy (his mother was a princess) in 1828. After a licentious youth, he joined the army to fight in the Crimean War, and published his first novel,Childhood, while serving in an artillery unit. After participating in some of the deadliest battles of the century, such as the Siege of Sebastopol, he quit the military in disgust. But the experience proved the inspiration for some of his greatest writing, includingSebastopol SketchesandWar and Peace. After the war, he traveled throughout Europe but was disillusioned by Western materialism and returned to his family estate, Yasnaya Polyana. There, he married, fathered 13 children,…