The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Master and Man (Paperback)
Modern Library, 9780375760990, 160pp.
Publication Date: August 10, 2004
This new edition combines Tolstoy's most famous short tale, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, with a less well known but equally brilliant gem, Master and Man, both newly translated by Ann Pasternak Slater. Both stories confront death and the process of dying: In Ivan Ilyich, a bureaucrat looks back over his life, which suddenly seems meaningless and wasteful, while in Master and Man, a landowner and servant must each confront the value of the other as they brave a devastating snowstorm. The quintessential Tolstoyan themes of mortality, spiritual redemption, and life's meaning are nowhere more movingly and deftly explored than in these two tales. This unique edition also includes a critical Introduction and extensive notes by Ann Pasternak Slater, a Fellow at St. Anne's College, Oxford. From the Hardcover edition.
About the Author
Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) was born in central Russia. After serving in the Crimean War, he retired to his estate and devoted himself to writing, farming, and raising his large family. His novels and outspoken social polemics brought him world fame. Ann Pasternak Slater is a literary scholar and translator who was formerly a fellow and tutor at St Anne's College, Oxford. She's written and lectured on her uncle Boris Pasternak's translations of Shakespeare plays into Russian.
Praise For The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Master and Man…
“No one has ever excelled Tolstoy in expressing that specific flavor, the exact quality of a feeling.” —Isaiah Berlin