The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy Hailed as one of the world’s magnum opuses of mental authenticity, The Passing of Ivan Ilyich is the story of a common careerist, a high-court judge who has never given the certainty of his passing so much as a passing thought. But one day passing declares itself to him, and to his stunned shock, he is brought face-to-face with his possess mortality. How, Tolstoy inquires, does an unreflective man go up against his one and as it were minute of truth? The to begin with portion part of the story depicts Ivan Ilyich’s colleagues and family after he has passed on, as they examine the impact of his passing on their careers and fortunes. Within the moment portion, Tolstoy uncovers the life of the man whose passing appears so unimportant. The culminate bureaucrat, Ilyich prized his efficient household and office schedule. Analyzed with an serious ailment, he at to begin with denies the truth but is impacted by the straightforward acknowledgment of his hireling boy, and he comes to grasp the boy’s conviction that passing is normal and not despicable.