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. Facing death with tolstoy 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. Thus the death of ivan ilych can be seen as a reflection and an elaboration of tolstoys post conversion philosophical concerns the novel is a fictional answer to the questions that plagued tolstoy during the mid 1870s from the time of his conversion to his death tolstoy remained actively engaged in publicizing his religious beliefs
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