The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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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 death 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. How, Tolstoy asks, does an unreflective man confront his one and only moment of truth?

This short novel was the artistic culmination of a profound spiritual crisis in Tolstoy's life, a nine-year period following the publication of Anna Karenina during which he wrote not a word of fiction. A thoroughly absorbing and, at times, terrifying glimpse into the abyss of death, it is also a strong testament to the possibility of finding spiritual salvation.
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Bantam Classics
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Apr 27, 2004
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Pages
128
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9780553900309
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English
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Fiction / Psychological
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An alternative version – the one Tolstoy originally intended, but has been hitherto unpublished – of Russia’s most famous novel; with a different ending, fewer digressions and an altered view of Napoleon – it’s time to look afresh at one of the world’s favourite books.

‘War and Peace’ is a masterpiece – a panoramic portrait of Russian society and its descent into the Napoleonic Wars which for over a century has inspired reverential devotion among its readers.

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500 pages shorter, this is historical fiction at its most vivid and vital, and readers will marvel anew at Tolstoy’s unique ability to conjure the lives and souls of Russia and the Russians in all their glory. For devotees who long for more, for those who struggled and didn’t quite make it to the end, or for those who have always wanted to know what all the fuss is about, this is essential reading.

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Believed by many to be the greatest novelist the world has known, the Russian Master’s work is of paramount importance. This definitive Edition of Tolstoy’s oeuvre has every translated novel, short story, novella and play written by Leo Tolstoy. One of our most popular eBooks – now you can own the great Master of Realist fiction. (Version 3)

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* improved translations of the short stories, in response to a customer review
* includes contents tables for each novel and play, allowing easy navigation around the massive file
* special literary criticism section, with 9 different essays examining Tolstoy’s contribution to literature
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Contents

The Novels and Novellas
CHILDHOOD
BOYHOOD
YOUTH
FAMILY HAPPINESS
THE COSSACKS
WAR AND PEACE
ANNA KARENINA
THE DEATH OF IVAN ILYCH
THE KREUTZER SONATA.
RESURRECTION
THE FORGED COUPON
HADJI MURAD

The Unfinished Novels
THE DECEMBRISTS
A MORNING OF A LANDED PROPRIETOR

The Short Stories
LIST OF STORIES IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF STORIES IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

The Plays
THE POWER OF DARKNESS
THE FRUITS OF CULTURE
REDEMPTION
THE CAUSE OF IT ALL
THE FIRST DISTILLER
THE LIGHT SHINES IN DARKNESS
LIVE CORPSE

Selected Non-Fiction
A CONFESSION
KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU
WHAT THEN MUST WE DO?
ON THE SIGNIFICANCE OF SCIENCE AND ART
BETHINK YOURSELVES!
MOSCOW CENSUS
TOLSTOY ON SHAKESPEARE
TOLSTOY’S JOURNAL

The Criticism
TOLSTOY THE ARTIST by Ivan Panin
TOLSTOY THE PREACHER by Ivan Panin
Extract from ‘MY LITERARY PASSIONS’ by William Dean Howells
Extract from ‘ESSAYS ON RUSSIAN NOVELISTS’ by William Lyon Phelps
RUSSIAN ROMANCE by Earl of Evelyn Baring Cromer
Extracts from ‘A SURVEY OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE’ by Isabel Florence Hapgood
Extract from ‘AN OUTLINE OF RUSSIAN LITERATURE’ by Maurice Baring
THE RUSSIAN POINT OF VIEW by Virginia Woolf
Extract from ‘PROPHETS OF DISSENT’ by Otto Heller

The Biographies
REMINISCENCES OF TOLSTOY by Ilya Tolstoy
AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF COUNTESS TOLSTOY

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The must-have Pevear and Volokhonsky translation of one of the greatest Russian novels ever written

Described by William Faulkner as the best novel ever written and by Fyodor Dostoevsky as “flawless,” Anna Karenina tells of the doomed love affair between the sensuous and rebellious Anna and the dashing officer, Count Vronsky. Tragedy unfolds as Anna rejects her passionless marriage and thereby exposes herself to the hypocrisies of society. Set against a vast and richly textured canvas of nineteenth-century Russia, the novel's seven major characters create a dynamic imbalance, playing out the contrasts of city and country life and all the variations on love and family happiness.

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