The Death of Ivan Ilych

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Death is over, he said to himself There is nodeath When I picked this book up at a library book sale, I did so without expectation that I would actually enjoy reading it See, I had mistakenly given up on the masters of Russian literature due to the struggles I had reading a particular novel I m looking at you Brothers Karamazov , assuming they were all inaccessible and there was no point in expending any energy trying to make sense of books with characters that go by 3 differeDeath is over, he said to himself There is nodeath When I picked this book up at a library book sale, I did so without expectation that I would actually enjoy reading it See, I had mistakenly given up on the masters of Russian literature due to the struggles I had reading a particular novel I m looking at you Brothers Karamazov , assuming they were all inaccessible and there was no point in expending any energy trying to make sense of books with characters that go by 3 different names and waaaaaaah the end.THIS book Not at all inaccessible Masterful in its brevity Concise and relevant and beautifully written Pay close attention Blink and you ll miss it.I don t have the words Tolstoy sets up the story expertly Ivan Ilyich is a decent man He has all of the trappings of a successful life respectable family, respectable job, respectable home He is by all intents and purposes content with his position in life But has he truly lived Tolstoy describes Ivan Ilyich s failing health in such a way that the reader can almost FEEL what it was like for him The gnawing ache in his side, the pain unrelenting, demoralizing every simple facet of existence plagued by torturous, insufferable, incurable pain It s agonizing He cannot escape it And then there s his wife She becomes like the walking, breathing embodiment of this pain He can t stand the sight of her, the sound of her, the smell of her We get the briefest of glimpses of what it must be like for a man on the brink of death He feels he is a burden he believes everyone is just waiting for him to die He doesn t want to have to rely on anyone to help alleviate his suffering He struggles with existence, with god why me why is this happening to me But then in the end, he finds what we all hope to find He finds peace He finds that this is not the end of life, but the end of death.Well, Leo, I think you ve found yourself a new fan 829 Smert Ivana Ilicha The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo TolstoyThe 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 Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of a high court judge and his sufferings and death from a terminal illness in 19th century Russia.Characters Ivan 829 Smert Ivana Ilicha The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Leo TolstoyThe 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 Usually classed among the best examples of the novella, The Death of Ivan Ilyich tells the story of a high court judge and his sufferings and death from a terminal illness in 19th century Russia.Characters Ivan Ilyich Ilyich is a patronymic, his surname is Golovin is a highly regarded official of the Court of Justice, described by Tolstoy as, neither as cold and formal as his elder brother nor as wild as the younger, but was a happy mean between them an intelligent, polished, lively, and agreeable man As the story progresses, he becomesandintrospective and emotional as he ponders the reason for his agonizing illness and death.Praskovya F dorovna Golovin is Ivan s unsympathetic wife She is characterized as self absorbed and uninterested in her husband s struggles, unless they directly affect her.Gerasim is the Golovins young butler He takes on the role of sole comforter and caretaker during Ivan s illness.Peter Ivanovich is Ivan s longtime friend and colleague He studied law with Ivan and is the first to recognize Ivan s impending death.Lisa Golovin is Ivan s daughter.F dor Petrishchev is Lisa s fianc 19 2007 1364 312 1370 99 9646242685 1385 152 1386 1390 9789644483073 Socrates said that an unexamined life was not worth living In Kafka s The Metamorphosis poor Gregor Samsa is transformed into a being that cannot take part in the daily round of society and becomesandsidelined and ignored by those around him This book, the Death of Ivan Ilych, has both of these notions contained within it s theme.Ivan Ilyich is dying As he grows sicker and fits in less with his fairweather friends and family and their preoccupations with their social lives, they l Socrates said that an unexamined life was not worth living In Kafka s The Metamorphosis poor Gregor Samsa is transformed into a being that cannot take part in the daily round of society and becomesandsidelined and ignored by those around him This book, the Death of Ivan Ilych, has both of these notions contained within it s theme.Ivan Ilyich is dying As he grows sicker and fits in less with his fairweather friends and family and their preoccupations with their social lives, they leave him be, they cannot stand his sickness, they cannot stand him All Ivan Ilyich has is the simple, unschooled manservant with the good heart who doesn t want his master to die alone and afraid He is almost the Angel of Mercy, all good, his role is just to be there to help his master pass from this life with a good companion Ivan Ilych progresses through the endless scream of Why me to where he is almost at the end And then he sees his rather petty life of moderate success and a little excess as it really was He stops hating his selfish wife and self centred daughter and ceasing to be afraid of death hopes his demise will bring them peace And by this examination of his life and the letting go of hisshabby and trivial emotions, he elevates himself And dies.Finished end of Dec 2014 Today I turned the last page of Banville s Eclipse and was literally hit by the profundity of a book that surreptitiously echoes the mastery of the classic tragedies My pupils dilated until they watered when I bumped into this paragraphAs a boy I knew the stars, and loved to speak their names over to myself, in celestial litany, Venus, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, the Bears, great and lesser How I loved the coldness of those lights, their purity, their remoteness from us and all we do and all that Today I turned the last page of Banville s Eclipse and was literally hit by the profundity of a book that surreptitiously echoes the mastery of the classic tragedies My pupils dilated until they watered when I bumped into this paragraphAs a boy I knew the stars, and loved to speak their names over to myself, in celestial litany, Venus, Betelgeuse, Aldebaran, the Bears, great and lesser How I loved the coldness of those lights, their purity, their remoteness from us and all we do and all that befalls us Where they are is where the dead live And you might be wondering what on earth Banville and Tolstoy have in common My unscholarly response is that they are both masters of exploring the most recondite crevices of the human mind and the existential angst that is inherent in its nature they describe the undescribable, recreate death and grief unflinchingly and make the reader be racked in pain by both And so following the thread of my pensive mood I remembered the unfinished review of Tolstoy s novella that I have been meaning to revise for months on end unsuccessfully, not finding the appropriate words, not feeling satisfied with what I had written, which I enclose below Do we really know what death entails Is the life we lead worthy of being lived Do we appreciate the gift of existence Tolstoy stares back with blank countenance and pens a sobering story stripped of artifice in response to those unanswerable questionsThe Death of Ivan Ilychconfronts the reader with his own mortality A civil servant in the high ranks of the Czarist Administration in the nineteenth century Russia ponders about the arbitrary system of rules that have dictated his life when the threat of death puts an unwanted emphasis on how he should have lived Dragged away by the currents of a set of conventions accepted without further enquiry and spurred by an eagerness to climb up the social ladder, Ivan s soul has undergone the same process of bureaucratization than his professional career A prominent citizen, he has married well, he has established contact with the influential members of his class and accumulated a vast list of superfluous achievements when death knocks on his door Either in nemesis or in randomness, fated or chanced, nature is unveiled as capricious, unbridled and inscrutable, and man s pursuit of transcendence clashes with the finitude of his banal existence At first, Ivan faces his impending death with disbelief, then denial settles in only to be swamped with an overpowering disconsolation at his own disintegration while the world keeps on turning without him being part of it His family and closest friends regard him with superficial sympathy and remain indifferent and detached from his suffering As Ivan s flesh withers with decay and stinks of sickness showing unmistakable signs of its transience, his mind is reignited and a reverse process takes place on his soul Ivan looks death in the eye withfrustration than fear, dumbfounded that his life might be reduced to a trivial list of actions performed by an absurd sense of duty making of his time in this world even less than an anecdote Tolstoy presents a magisterial reflection on mankind s incapacity to plow a satisfactory path to a dignified death and throws back his own vulnerability at the reader in the form of an omniscient narrator that chronicles the mundane yet gruesome death of a man The dilemma he contemplates goes beyond the realms of religion, philosophy or fiction, for the physical agony, the ruthless demise of body and mind is described in painful detail infusing the story with perturbing realism Despite the heartfelt compassion that Ivan perceives in his son s glance, as the young, untainted boy takes his lifeless hand, Death places her cold, blindfolded kiss and presses her finger upon the man s lips, sealing them forever, and I, uninvited outsider, shaken and teary, get a sour taste of what dying feels like I had meant to polish the review retrieve some sentences, rephrase others, perhaps add some quotes It s highly probable that I would have never published it, but Banville s masterpiece made me realize that there are some things that mere words can t convey, the touch of a virtuous pen is needed, the sparkle of geniality is required I am not the possessor of such talents, but Banville has both And so did Tolstoy Ivan Ilych s life had been most ordinary and therefore most terrible This arresting line is a synopsis of what all of this boils down to More than likely, in my pre Emo high school years, had I read all 52 grueling pages of The Death of Ivan Ilych , and truly understood its exquisite prolonged lingering around the very morbid notion of death, it would have been a brick in my fo und rm ation Sadly, nowadays I am waybubbly and optimistic than ever, so I had a healthy distance between Ivan Ilych s life had been most ordinary and therefore most terrible This arresting line is a synopsis of what all of this boils down to More than likely, in my pre Emo high school years, had I read all 52 grueling pages of The Death of Ivan Ilych , and truly understood its exquisite prolonged lingering around the very morbid notion of death, it would have been a brick in my fo und rm ation Sadly, nowadays I am waybubbly and optimistic than ever, so I had a healthy distance between my idle thoughts and this powerful piece No matter this made me meditate on that occurrence that is shared by us all, the ultimate, final destination called death doesn t matter where you lived, breathed, loved The novella is incredibly vivid, simplejust very understandable relatable Yes, it seems that an illness so long gives the titular man the right to sum up quickly his days of before, his heights, his passions it is so realistic that I vouch for this to become an official horror selection in any given anthology In Leo Tolstoy s The Death of Ivan Ilych, awareness of his impending death compels Ilych to think about whether his life had meaning He reviews his career, family and the passions which guided his life, all the decisions which led him to where he found himself Even as he knows death is closing in on him, Ilych rejects the possibility that he will die, and only slowly comes to accept his fate I remember reading this many years ago and it had stuck with me The story Ilych tells himself was ful In Leo Tolstoy s The Death of Ivan Ilych, awareness of his impending death compels Ilych to think about whether his life had meaning He reviews his career, family and the passions which guided his life, all the decisions which led him to where he found himself Even as he knows death is closing in on him, Ilych rejects the possibility that he will die, and only slowly comes to accept his fate I remember reading this many years ago and it had stuck with me The story Ilych tells himself was fuller than I had remembered The topic and the structure of the narrative makes this memorable however, it is the meditative quality which Tolstoy brings to Ilych s last days which makes this story especially powerful It is a widespread stereotype that Russian classics are mostly long, tedious, boring, a burden to get through, but one only needs to read a short book like The Death of Ivan Ilych in order to be proven wrong A philosophical, in its beautiful writing almost lyrical account of a dying man s life, Tolstoy will make you think about your own mortality, about happiness, sorrow and most likely your own life as wellThey had supper and went away, and Ivan Ilych was left alone with the consciousnes It is a widespread stereotype that Russian classics are mostly long, tedious, boring, a burden to get through, but one only needs to read a short book like The Death of Ivan Ilych in order to be proven wrong A philosophical, in its beautiful writing almost lyrical account of a dying man s life, Tolstoy will make you think about your own mortality, about happiness, sorrow and most likely your own life as wellThey had supper and went away, and Ivan Ilych was left alone with the consciousness that his life was poisoned and was poisoning the lives of others, and that this poison did not weaken but penetratedanddeeply into his whole being.With this consciousness, and with physical pain besides the terror, he must go to bed, often to lie awake the greater part of the night Next morning he had to get up again, dress, go to the law courts, speak, and write or if he did not go out, spend at home those twenty four hours a day each of which was a torture And he had to live thus all alone on the brink of an abyss, with no one who understood or pitied himDuring the course of the story, Tolstoy introduces us to the life of the unhappy Ivan Ilych, who might have expected too much from his life and had to discover the disappointing truth after his marriage failed to induce happiness and death tore its way through his soul way too early Tolstoy uses his protagonist to help us realize how we all have to die one day, and there will surely be readers who, just like Ivan Ilych, always thought of death as something foreign they wouldn t have to worry about until a long time later The author s prose is highly readable and might just as well have originated from someone who wrote the book five or ten years ago besides, Tolstoy knows how to captivate his reader, thus The Death of Ivan Ilych can only be called a book which can t be recommended highly enough for readers interested in Russian literature or, on ageneral note, classicsThere remained only those rare periods of amorousness, which still came to them at times but did not last long These were islets at which they anchored for a while and then again set out upon that ocean of veiled hostility which showed itself in their aloofness from one anotherTolstoy defines the marriage between Ivan Ilych and Praskovya Fedorovna as an engagement of mutual aversion, founded in their hopes to find concealment and secureness which were shattered only months after their wedding The sadness behind the realizations of those two characters that their marriage has never been destined to bring happiness into their lives will cloud their sorrowful lives, until the slow, but torturous demise of Ivan Ilych turns into the ultimate factor driving them apart from each other.If you are intimidated by the length of classics like Anna Karenina, War and Peace, Crime and Punishment and the like, then I can almost assure you that reading some shorter novellas like The Death of Ivan Ilych or Dostoyevksy s White Nights will help you with finding a way into Russian literature, coming to terms with the rather uncommon names and growing an interest in the huge Russian classics which will surpass the simple feeling of pressure to read them just because others said those are books everyone has to read And they probably are But it s always easier to anticipate rather than dread them, so novellas like these will be extremely helpful Last year the group catching up on classics chose The Death of Ivan Ilyich as one of their monthly short story selections At the time, I did not have the time to read it however, a play I recently read had reading Anna Karenina as a major plot line Wanting an introduction to Tolstoy prior to reading this epic, I decided upon Ivan Ilyich as my gateway to hiscelebrated work Ivan Ilyich enjoyed an upper middle class life in pre revolutionary Russia He graduated from a jurisprudence cours Last year the group catching up on classics chose The Death of Ivan Ilyich as one of their monthly short story selections At the time, I did not have the time to read it however, a play I recently read had reading Anna Karenina as a major plot line Wanting an introduction to Tolstoy prior to reading this epic, I decided upon Ivan Ilyich as my gateway to hiscelebrated work Ivan Ilyich enjoyed an upper middle class life in pre revolutionary Russia He graduated from a jurisprudence course and eventually became a lawyer in an out of the way province He married Praskovya Fyodorovna and the two lived a married life that was neither happy nor sad for over twenty years Each person became set in their own ways and the two lived as separate islands in their home, made possible by Ivan Ilyich s income I was not completely captivated by the story of Ivan Ilyich He lived a relatively normal existence and experienced many things that an average upper middle class citizen might have experienced in Russia at the time of publication, hence the rating I found Tolstoy s writing style accessible, which should ease the way for me to read his longer works The part I found the most interesting was how Tolstoy through Ivan Ilyich discussed his views on death and dying, which is the premise of this story Ivan Ilyich grappled with the alternatives of dying and being mired in a marriage where he was not appreciated or loved Even though I only gave this story three stars, I am glad I read it as an introduction to Tolstoy The premise is an interesting one and I enjoy the time period, although, it is not a story that I am not drawn to I would recommend this to those who might not read classics due to their long length and want to begin to read an author s works I look forward to endeavoring through Tolstoy s epic novels after discovering that his writing style is easy to read for the masses Each time I reread Tolstoy s little novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych, I read it differently As a college student I read it as a description of an experience for someone elderly, an experience distant, almost unreal, so far in the future as to be strange, almost surreal Reading it again during my years as a practicing physician, I was impressed by Tolstoy s perceptiveness of the stages of grieving, the writings of Elisabeth Kubler Ross being then all the rage, and how my patients had similar ex Each time I reread Tolstoy s little novella, The Death of Ivan Ilych, I read it differently As a college student I read it as a description of an experience for someone elderly, an experience distant, almost unreal, so far in the future as to be strange, almost surreal Reading it again during my years as a practicing physician, I was impressed by Tolstoy s perceptiveness of the stages of grieving, the writings of Elisabeth Kubler Ross being then all the rage, and how my patients had similar experiences, also learning, I think, to behonest and sensitive than the physicians in the story Now, a retired physician in my seventh decade, I find that I view it differently, surprised that Ivan is only in his forties when he dies I was astounded to note that he was so young , not surprised by and even forgiving of the attitudes of his friends and family members, and most understanding of Ivan s process of introspectively reviewing his life, evaluating it and responding in perhaps the only way he can to his approaching death and its meaning I find it impossible not to personalize the story, wondering, even at a time when I am presumably in good health, about my own eventual death, what that experience will be like for me This work is entirely focused on the meaning of life and death, on appearances and on the investment of love that we give in our lives.The story begins with Ivan s presentation, a man who has achieved everything he wanted in life, a high level job, respect and power as a district magistrate , a family of good standard and a house rearranged as he wished.but here comes the pain, or just called by Ivan, IT it s just so called initially a strange discomfort in the abdomen, and then it turns This work is entirely focused on the meaning of life and death, on appearances and on the investment of love that we give in our lives.The story begins with Ivan s presentation, a man who has achieved everything he wanted in life, a high level job, respect and power as a district magistrate , a family of good standard and a house rearranged as he wished.but here comes the pain, or just called by Ivan, IT it s just so called initially a strange discomfort in the abdomen, and then it turns into a real chronic pain most likely caused by a tumor at a time impossible to diagnose.From this moment a theatre of the ignominy is opened where the colleagues in front of the imminent death of Ivan, think to the snap of position in the Court, where the wife sees everything except the nuisance and worry of having her social and economic tenor lowered in the event of her husband s death.Everything is camouflaged and hidden without seeing reality as it unfolds death , the illness, the impossibility of healing is never taken into account by the many doctors that Ivan and his wife will call, because nothing is called as it really appears.The old and even the young children, who in front of the dying father, will never be able to have a word of love and tenderness towards him the colleagues at work, only annoyed by its weakness and confusion often present during Court sessions and never happened in the past when health was in force A world of fiction, of fictitious values, of lies, where people seek to draw only benefits and well being.Even his wife and children live miserably and ignorantly of love and tenderness towards him, because Ivan, too, has been in the past the architect and promoter of this dry life of goodness and freedom.The only one who will succeed in opening a breach in Ivan s heart will be the servant, Gerasim, who will not bother to hide the factors that create the real reality the agony, so will be called, the death that approaches, the pain, the inability to heal He is the only faithful witness of a truth of facts and events that are called and brought to Ivan s eyes with their names With Gerasim, Ivan, rediscovers a care that will open in his heart a whole series of questions, about what he had lived life of wickedness and fiction.During the agony and now close to death among excruciating pains, Ivan let himself go to a new conscience, to realize that he had lived a life of full happiness only and only during childhood, When the looks towards his parents and the looks he received from them were made of endless tenderness, this is the authenticity of life unconditional love, without traps and lies.Everything was a gift because only, he as child, existed In these brief moments, close to death, IVAN LIVES, he lives what free life most responds to the good of the human heart The present, this new consciousness , becomes the clear truth of a life that, although very short, for few minutes, will give to him a taste of complete and total freedom Opera incentrata tutta sul significato della vita e della morte, delle apparenze e dell investimento dell a che diamo nella nostra vita.La storia si apre con la presentazione di Ivan, un uomo che ha raggiunto tutto quello che piu desiderava nella vita, un lavoro di alto livello, rispetto e potere come magistrato distrettuale, una famiglia di buon livello e una casa risistemata come piu desiderava ma ecco che arriva LEI, si proprio cos viene chiamato inizialmente uno strano fastidio all addome, per poi tramutarsi in un vero dolore cronico molto probabilmente causato da un tu ai tempi impossibile da diagnosticare.Da questo momento si apre un teatro dell ignominia dove i colleghi di fronte alla morte imminente di Ivan pensano allo scatto di posizione in Tribunale, dove la moglie tutto vede se non il fastidio e la preoccupazione di vedersi abbassare il suo tenore sociale ed economico in caso della morte del marito.Ogni cosa viene camuffata e nascosta senza che si possa vedere la realt cos come si svela la morte , la malattia, l impossibilit di guarigione non viene mai presa in considerazione dai tantissimi medici che Ivan e la moglie chiameranno, perch niente viene chiamato come veramente appare.I figli, che di fronte al padre nte, non riusciranno mai ad avere una parola di a e tenerezza nei suoi confronti i colleghi di lavoro, unicamente infastiditi dalla sua debolezza e confusione spesso presente durane i processi e mai accaduto in passato quando la salute era in vigore Un mondo di finzione, di valori fittizi,di menzogne, dove al prossimo si cerca si spillare unicamente vantaggi e benessere.Anche la moglie e i figli vivono avari e ignoranti di a e tenerezza nei suoi confronti, perch anche Ivan artefice e promotore di questa vita arida di bont e libert.Unico che riuscir ad aprire una breccia nel cuore di Ivan sar il servo, Gerasim, che non si preoccuper di nascondere i fattori che creano la realt vera quini l agonia, cos verr chiamata, la morte che si avvicina, il dolore, l impossibilit di guarire egli l unico testimone fedele di una verit di fatti e accadimenti che vengono chiamati e portati agli occhi di Ivan con i loro nomi Con Gerasim, Ivan, riscopre un accudimento che aprir nel suo cuore tutta una serie di domande, su ci che aveva vissuto vita di malvagit e finzione.Durante l agonia e ormai prossimo alla morte tra dolori lancinanti, Ivan si lascia andare a una coscienza nuova, a rendersi conto di aver vissuto una vita di piena felicit solo ed unicamente durante l infanzia, quando gli sguardi verso i genitori e gli sguardi che lui riceveva da loro, erano fatti di tenerezza senza fine, questa l autenticit della vita l a incondizionato, senza trappole e finzione.Tutto era dono perch unicamente lui, bambino, esisteva.In questi brevi momenti, a ridosso della morte IVAN VIVE, vive ci che la vita libera piu risponde al bene al cuore dell uomo Il presente, questa nuova coscienza , diventa la limpida verit di una vita che se pur brevissima, di pochi minuti, doner a Ivan un gusto di libert completa e totale

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