To ask other readers questions about the death of ivan ilyich and confession please sign up be the first to ask a question about the death of ivan ilyich and confession have you ever watched a film and walked away feeling like it shattered your world view you walk away kind of wounded and groggy . The death of ivan ilyich russian smert ivna ilyich first published in 1886 is a novella by leo tolstoy considered one of the masterpieces of his late fiction written shortly after his religious conversion of the late 1870s. Death has seldom been more starkly or plainly rendered and the bleakness of ivans revelation that life is nonsense is answered by confession tolstoys own testament of a new life. The death of ivan ilyich and confession demand that readers reflect on what the inevitability of death means to us and on how we shall face our own end at peter carsons funeral the very last . It is not insignificant that the death of ivan ilych written in 1886 was the first major fictional work published by tolstoy after his crisis and conversion tolstoys religious philosophy serves as a background to the understanding of the novel
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