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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

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Written by Leo TolstoyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Leo Tolstoy
Translated by Richard PevearAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Richard Pevear and Larissa VolokhonskyAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Larissa Volokhonsky

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 64 pages
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  • Publisher: Vintage
  • On Sale: October 2, 2012
  • Price: $8.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-307-95133-5 (0-307-95133-2)
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Tolstoy’s most famous novella is an intense and moving examination of death and the possibilities of redemption, here in a powerful translation by the award-winning Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.

Ivan Ilyich is a middle-aged man who has spent his life focused on his career as a bureaucrat and emotionally detached from his wife and children. After an accident he finds himself on the brink of an untimely death, which he sees as a terrible injustice. Face to face with his mortality, Ivan begins to question everything he has believed about the meaning of life. The Death of Ivan Ilyich is a masterpiece of psychological realism and philosophical profundity that has inspired generations of readers.

“The English-speaking world is indebted to these two translators.” —Orlando Figes, The New York Review of Books

“Excellent. . . . The duo has managed to convey the rather simple elegance of Tolstoy’s prose.” —The New Criterion

“Pevear and Volokhonsky’s new version is . . . flexible individuated, immediate.” —The Nation

“Well translated. As a lover of Tolstoy’s work, one couldn’t ask for more, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.” —André Alexis, The Globe and Mail (Toronto)