• As good as anything Tolstoy ever wrote... Self-assured, vital, unforgettable

  • The simplicity and power of this novella, the story of the terrible encroachment of death on a shallow man spiritually unprepared for it, has staggered millions

    Sunday Telegraph
  • I don't read Russian, but I think Tolstoy's writing comes over whatever translation you read...he wrote the great, terrible story The Death of Ivan Illyich

    Redmond O'Hanlon, Independent
  • An indubitable masterpiece

    Yann Martel
  • For me, the best insight into the process of dying comes from Leo Tolstoy in his short story, The Death of Ivan Ilych, which examines the life and death of the most ordinary man

    Oliver James, Mail on Sunday

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