The Cancer Ward

The Cancer Ward

Book - 1968
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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 : Dial Press, 1968
ISBN: 9780374511999
Call Number: F
Characteristics: 616 p. ; 24 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.

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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