The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession by Leo Tolstoy

The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession

De Kleine Russische Bibliotheek

Leo Tolstoy with Peter Carson (Translator)

224 pages first pub 1886 (editions)

fiction classics reflective slow-paced


In the last two days of his own life, Peter Carson completed these new translations of The Death of Ivan Ilyich and Confession before he succumbed to cancer in January 2013. Carson, the eminent British publisher, editor, and translator who, in the...

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