Shocked by his Prime Minister’s ignorance of the arts, the Canadian author Yann Martel is posting him a book to read each fortnight, with commentary on what he will learn from each tome. The first book Martel has sent is Leo Tolstoy‘s The Death of Ivan Ilych with this accompanying text.
Ivan Ilych is an indubitable masterpiece. There is nothing showy here, no vulgarity, no pretence, no falseness, nothing that doesn’t work, not a moment of dullness, yet no cheap rush of plot either. It is the story, simple and utterly compelling, of one man and his ordinary end
What book/s would you recommend to our leaders? Sonia Gandhi, H.D. Deve Gowda & Sons, Lalu Prasad Yadav, Narendra Modi, M. Karunanidhi…