One of Tolstoy’s smaller works happens to also be one of his best. Ivan Ilyich is an upper class man who has never lived for anything more deep and meaningful than success and status. Confronted with a terminal illness, Ivan is forced to examine his life for the first time. What Ivan learns is what Tolstoy himself had learned a few short years earlier, and what he wants to teach us. Come examine this powerful short work by one of history’s greatest writers.