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Description - The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Other Stories by Leo Tolstoy

At the age of forty-one, Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) underwent a profound spiritual crisis, from which he emerged believing that he had encountered death itself. These seven compelling stories explore, in very different ways, his subsequent preoccupation with mortality. 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' is a devastating account of a man fighting his inevitable end, and asks the existential question- why must a good person be taken before his time? In 'Polikushka', a light-fingered drunk's chance to prove himself has tragic repercussions, while 'Three Deaths' depicts the last moments of an aristocrat, a peasant and a tree, and 'The Forged Coupon' shows a seemingly minor offence that leads inexorably to ever more horrific crimes. And in three tales about soldiers, 'After the Ball', 'The Wood-felling' and 'The Raid', Tolstoy portrays the brutality that all too often accompanies military life.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780140449617
Format: Paperback / softback
(198mm x 129mm x 20mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Publish Date: 28-Feb-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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