The story «The Death of Ivan Ilyich» is widely recognized as one of the heights of world literature and the greatest accomplishment of Tolstoy in the field of small literary form.
«This story is the brightest, most perfect and most complex work of Tolstoy» V. V. Nabokov
“Not a single nation, nowhere in the world has such a genius creation. Everything is small, everything is small, everything is weak and pale in comparison with these 70 pages »
V. V. Stasov
“I read The Death of Ivan Ilyich. More than ever I am convinced that the greatest of all ever and anywhere former writers-artists is L. N. Tolstoy. His alone is enough for a Russian person not to bow his head bashfully when they calculate all the great things that Europe has given to mankind … »
P. I. Tchaikovsky
Among the admirers of the story were I. A. Bunin, Yu. V. Trifonov, H. Kortazar.
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