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"Ivan Turbincă" is a fairy tale written by Romanian author Ion Creangă, about an old Russian soldier named Ivan, who is discharged from the army. Ivan goes on an adventure, meeting God and Saint Peter disguised as beggars. He gets an enchanted pouch, journeys to both heaven and hell, becomes heaven's gatekeeper, and cheats death.


"Ivan Turbincă" contains examples of:

  • The Alcoholic: Ivan loves to drink.
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  • Badass Grandpa: Ivan may be old, but he is still a badass Russian soldier with a magic pouch.
  • Big Bad: Death.
  • The Devil Is a Loser: The Devil is easily defeated by Ivan and his magic pouch. When Ivan goes to hell, his constant partying exasperates the demons of hell.
  • Enemies with Death: Death appears as the main antagonist of the story.
  • Magical Accessory: Ivan's pouch. It can trap everyone inside, and they can't come out unless Ivan wants them to.
  • Life of the Party: Ivan. He is an absolute party animal and exhausted the demons with his constant partying.
  • Pals with Jesus: Ivan befriends God and Saint Peter at the beginning of the story.
  • Unishment: God makes Ivan immortal, but makes him live for all eternity as an old man. However, Ivan decides to enjoy himself and have fun.
  • Vodka Drunkenski: As mentioned above, Ivan really loves to drink.
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