Cancer Ward

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 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.

Publisher: New York : Noonday Press, 1991, c1969
ISBN: 9780374511999
0374511993
Characteristics: 536 p. ; 21 cm

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Jun 01, 2016

I read this book recently. It was very thought provoking. It was also fascinating to view capitalism from the other side. It isn't light reading but well worth it.

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rasmithwa
Aug 17, 2010

Never having read Solzhenitsyn before, I was suprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The characters are great and full and real, and the message about Soviet times easy enough to get.

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