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Leo Tolstoy

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The Death of Ivan Ilych Summary

Tolstoy's "Smert Ivana Ilyicha" ("The Death of Ivan Ilych") was widely acclaimed when it was published in 1886 and remains a compelling narrative for contemporary readers. It is significant for its universally powerful portrayal of a man's physical deterioration and subsequent spiritual rejuvenation at the moment of death, and because it is the first fiction which Tolstoy published after his conversion to radical Christianity. Several critics note a shift in his writing after his spiritual...

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