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The Death of Ivan Ilyich

The Death of Ivan Ilyich

by Leo Tolstoy

The goal of the artist is not to solve a question irrefutably, but to force people to love life in all its innumerable, inexhaustible manifestations.

Resources about Tolstoy and Russian History

  • Billington, James H. The Icon and the Axe: An Interpretive History of Russian Culture. 1966. New York: Vintage, 1970.
  • ---. The Face of Russia. New York: TV Books, 1998.
  • Troyat, Henri. Tolstoy. 1965. Tr. from the French by Nancy Amphoux. New York: Doubleday, 1967.
  • Wilson, A.N. Tolstoy: A Biography. New York: Norton, 1988.


  • Leo Tolstoy Museum-Estate
    The Museum website for Tolstoy’s home, Yasnaya Polyana
    “Without my Yasnaya Polyana, it is difficult for me to imagine Russia and my relationship to her.”
    —Leo Tolstoy
  • The Russian State Library
    Images and biographical information about Leo Tolstoy.
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