A Russian Proprietor / Family Happiness / Death of Ivan Ilyich – Tolstoy (1899)


A Russian Proprietor / Family Happiness / Death of Ivan Ilyich – Tolstoy (1899)


Title: A Russian Proprietor, Family Happiness, The Death of Ivan Ilyitch, and other stories

Author: Lyof N. Tolstoi (Leo Tolstoy)

Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell, New York. Copyright date 1899.

Condition: Hardcover, no dust jacket. Pocket size. Very good. Some darkening to spine. Gilt to top edge. Inscription to ffep. Text clean, binding tight.

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Includes the novellas A Russian Proprietor, Family Happiness, and the literary masterpiece The Death of Ivan Ilyich, along with other stories.

About the Death of Ivan Ilyich (from Wikipedia):

The Death of Ivan Ilyich, first published in 1886, is a novella by Leo Tolstoy, considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction, written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s.

Widely considered to be one of the finest novellas ever written, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of a high-court judge in 19th-century Russia and his sufferings and death from a terminal illness.

Ivan Ilyich lives a carefree life that is “most simple and most ordinary and therefore most terrible”. Like everyone he knows, he spends his life climbing the social ladder. Enduring marriage to a woman whom he often finds too demanding, he works his way up to be a magistrate, thanks to the influence he has over a friend who has just been promoted, focusing more on his work as his family life becomes less tolerable.

While hanging curtains for his new home one day, he falls awkwardly and hurts his side. Though he does not think much of it at first, he begins to suffer from a pain in his side. As his discomfort grows, his behavior towards his family becomes more irritable. His wife finally insists that he visit a physician. The physician cannot pinpoint the source of his malady, but soon it becomes clear that his condition is terminal. Confronted with his diagnosis, Ivan attempts every remedy he can to obtain a cure for his worsening situation, until the pain grows so intense that he is forced to cease working and spend the remainder of his days in bed. Here, he is brought face to face with his mortality and realizes that, although he knows of it, he does not truly grasp it.