Question by : What disease or clinical condition was responsible for Tolstoy’s Ivan Ilych’s death?
To Cuthbert and Craig B: Thank you guys, you’re my first responders. I agree that the malady itself was never disclosed and Tolstoy meant to write a story showing Ivan’s psychological and existential suffering in the face of death. However, because of the very detailed physical complaints in the book I think there was an actual medical condition (other than “floating kidney” which, by the way, actually exists – see nephroptosis).
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Answer by Cuthbert Curry-Knave
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