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Cancer Ward - Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas William Bethell, David F. Burg
Cancer Ward
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Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of... show more
Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes. The experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author's own: Solzhenitsyn himself became a patient in a cancer ward in the mid-1950s, on his release from a labor camp, and later recovered. Translated by Nicholas Bethell and David Burg.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780374511999 (0374511993)
ASIN: 374511993
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages no: 536
Edition language: English
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Lost in a Book
Lost in a Book rated it
A story about patients in a Soviet cancer ward... how could that be uplifting? Yet it is! Solzhenitsyn’s characters are always fascinating, always memorable. They ponder the great questions of life, the human condition, the nature of the world, morality, love, hope, pain. His books are satisfying to...
xreactivity
xreactivity rated it
5.0 Cancer Ward
A story about patients in a Soviet cancer ward... how could that be uplifting? Yet it is! Solzhenitsyn’s characters are always fascinating, always memorable. They ponder the great questions of life, the human condition, the nature of the world, morality, love, hope, pain. His books are satisfying to...
Monkeypanic
Monkeypanic rated it
4.0 Cancer Ward
All the horrors of Joseph Stalin's Soviet Union fall away when cancer enters one's life. Its impact on daily existence is much more immediate than any political system's. Cancer Ward explores how the disease transforms the lives of ten men on the oncology ward of a small hospital in Uzbekistan in 19...
1st Avenue
1st Avenue rated it
This was one of my favorite books, and this author, one of my favorite authors. And then I find out he's an anti-semite who also held strong discriminatory feelings toward non-Russian ethnic peoples. That explains a lot actually. There are a couple of sections in this book that portray non-white eth...
Lost in the Stacks
Lost in the Stacks rated it
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My father's graduate school mentor gave this to me when I was twelve; I think I made it about halfway through. It felt like penance. Am going to try it again.
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