Finished reading: The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Nikolayevich Tolstoy 📚.
A fairly short, often harrowing, story about a man forced to confront his own death, and the actions of those around him. Lots to think about here about the nightmarish oft-unspoken issues we have dealing with death, whether our own or others. Very recommended, if you’re ready to stare into the uncomfortable void.
A Guardian review sums it up nicely as:
a hard, pitiless stare into the abyss, not just of death, but of human nature.
There’s also a Very Bad Wizards podcast episode about it I found useful.