This satirical novella tells the story of the life and early death of a high court judge. Ivan Ilych is proud of his achievements and his status in society, despite his poor relations with his wife which renders his home life bleak and joyless. When he becomes hopelessly ill he begins to realize that he has not after all lived the good life he had supposed he was enjoying.
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I'm not sure if the translation I read just wasn't great, but the whole thing just kind of fell flat for me. I thought the latter third or so was pretty interesting, but most of it was kind of a chore for me to read and didn't really keep my interest.