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Title:The Riddle of Life and Death: Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych
Format Type:Ebook
Author:Tillie Olsen, Leo Tolstoy
Publisher:The Feminist Press at CUNY
ISBN:1558615369
ISBN 13:
Number of Pages:240
Category:Fiction, Russia, Novella

The Riddle of Life and Death: Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych by Tillie Olsen, Leo Tolstoy

PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Riddle of Life and Death: Tell Me a Riddle and The Death of Ivan Ilych These two literary classics dare to pose difficult existential questions What is the meaning of life Was my life of value Why am I dying The narrative employed in Tolstoy s novella is linear and realistically detailed The style of Olsen s story set in the United States about a century later is allusive moving in psychological time from the senses voices and scenes in the present to memories of the past .

Other differences are sharper still Tolstoy s Ilych is a self satisfied czarist official Olsen s protagonist Eva once a proletarian revolutionary is a sixty nine year old dissatisfied working class housewife mother and grandmother Tolstoy focuses entirely on the life of a model man of his generation who is successful professionally though less so in his private life Ultimately though Olsen and Tolstoy demand that readers examine their lives and consider questions about pain suffering inequalities fate and one s life work

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