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In these two famous short novels, Leo Tolstoy takes readers to the brink of despair. At the end of life worldly ambition offers no consolation for the spiritually empty soul. But Tolstoy is the master of themes of redemption. He turns his morbid topic into hope, leading toward spiritual awakening. Tolstoy offers his readers a lifetime of perspective on a most human subject, death.
Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Illyich is a small book with singular depth of insight. The book was published in 1886, breaking a nine-year literary silence after the publication of Anna Karenina. It is considered to be one of the great explorations of death and dying in all of Western Literature. No author in so few words summons so many emotions into the reader's soul. This masterpiece is here paired with another Tolstoy short novels, Master and Man, which too examines the human response to mortality. Together these two stories will ultimately offer encouragement to the spiritually hungry.
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is considered by many to be the greatest novelist in Western Literature. Several classic novels belong to his pen including War and Peace and Anna Karenina. In addition he wrote many short novels, including The Death of Ivan Illyich.
- 2 wonderful short stories on death
I absolutely love this book! I know it sounds morbid, reading about death, but maybe it's more about our mortality than morbidity. And death is as much a part of life as birth is.
The Death of Ivan Ilyich is about a man who Is living his life for himself. He is moving up in promotions, marrying the right girl for society and generally living the American dream. In Russia. Soon he is injured and begins to die. Most of the book follows him through this process.
Master and Man is about two men who get lost in a snowstorm together. They soon realize they will die.
The real relevance of these classics is that the issue of death forces us to confront life. This is not always easy to do in our day-to-day living but perhaps these few short hours listening will put us in a proper frame of mind and help us to prioritize our lives for God and what is important.
- Some of history's finest fiction...
Some of history's finest fiction is brought to riveting life by reader Simon Vance. Brilliantly performed, saturated with real emotional depth, this is an unforgettable listen. Tolstoy on death is a vital addition to any audio book collection, and these classic tales work both as entertainment and inspiration. Only the hardest heart would fail to be moved by these incisive stories of human dignity and death. Few writers reveal the human soul as well as Tolstoy, and few readers could provide such a worthy voicing of this work. Vance manages to transcend translation and ear to make Tolstoy very current indeed. Worthy of not only listening, but re listening over the years, this refined recording is full of nuance and wisdom, wit and sorrow. D.J.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine
- A review by Doug Verner Principal Calvary...
A review by Doug Verner
Principal Calvary Chapel Christian School Murrieta
Good things come in small packages. Here is a short story that is very likely to change your life. At the very least it will give you an opportunity to examine your life. It starts out slow, and you find yourself wondering where it is going. But when you realize where it is going it is already there, and you find yourself thinking about how important this is. I honestly believe this should be required listening for every person on this planet. I think every Christian for sure needs to hear it. It will impact you as few stories do. You may wonder at first, "Why am I listening to this?" And then at the end you will know why this is considered one of the greatest short stories ever written. It will seem long sometimes, but in the end you will not have wasted a minute of your life. In fact you will understand life better through the death of one man who did waste his life and regretted it at the end. Tolstoy is trying to communicate to us how important it is to live as God intended for us to live. Don't miss it.