Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910), author of War and Peace and Anna Karenina, was foremost among the great Russian novelists of the 19th century, and is widely considered one of the greatest writers of prose fiction in world history.
In his perceptive and moving depiction of Ivan Ilych, a worldly careerist facing his own mortality in the midst of a self-absorbed family and indifferent colleagues, Tolstoy provides one of literature's greatest and most memorable reflections on the meaning of the good life and on life as preparation for death.
This edition features the classic Oxford translation of Aylmer and Louise Maude, of whom Tolstoy himself said, "Better translators, both for knowledge of the two languages and for penetration into the very meaning of the matter translated, could not be invented."
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I needed to read this for a college assignment. I ended up really enjoying it. It truly is a masterpiece and I feel the narrator presented it well without distracting from the work itself. Would recommend.
Being completely new to Tolstoy, I was blown away by this story, and was left feeling thoroughly understood by its writer-- and yet more misunderstanding of myself than ever before. I found it to be a fantastic supplement after recently finishing Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis; as I wrote when reviewing that title, I would recommend this book highly to my fellow followers of Christ, even more highly to those who do not follow Him, and most highly of all to those on the fence about the whole thing.
Great story and well read. I was concerned I would lose interest "listening" versus "reading" , however I found that I could not pull myself away from listening for fear I might miss something. Well done.
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