Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910) is best known for War and Peace and Anna Karenina, commonly regarded as amongst the greatest novels ever written. He also, however, wrote many masterly short stories. This ebook contains ten of the best in distinguished translations that have stood the test of time. In the main tale, The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Tostoy portrays the long agony of a man gradually coming to terms with his own mortality. The story is a deep and moving scrutiny of loss and absolution, in which the writer explores the dichotomy between the artificial and the authentic life. This is another masterpiece by Leo Tolstoy, written after his religious conversion in the late 1870s.