Cancer Ward [Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. BRAND NEW, Exactly same ISBN as listed, Please double check. Cancer Ward: A Novel (FSG Classics) [Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, Nicholas Bethell, David Burg] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. The Cancer Ward. Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr The story takes place in the men’s cancer ward of a hospital in a city in Soviet Central Asia. The patients in Ward.

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The novel makes many allegorical references to the state of Soviet Russia, in particular the quote from Kostoglotov: His books do not depress me, I find them powerful and hopeful documents to the strength of the human spirit.

Cancer Ward

He writes a goodbye letter to Vera from the station:. Particularly hat of Dontsova with whom I deeply identified, who fights a disease in others regardless of cost; but is humbled by that self- same illness.

There’s something noble about treating oneself with a strong poison. Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all acncer. Solzhenitsyn writes in an appendix to Cancer Ward that the “evil man” who threw tobacco in the macaque’s eyes at the zoo represents Stalin, and the monkey the political prisoner.

The patient leaves the cancer ward and returns voluntarily to the city of his exile, declining to pursue his love of the doctor, fearing that his cancer treatment has left him impotent. Return to Book Page. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews.

Solzhenitsyn puts all of them in the same footing, using cancer as God’s Sacred equalizer, and death as a Divine declaration of equality This was the odd way Kostoglotov reasoned. That was the sort of character a man needed to get through life. It seemed like it took me forever to read this page book. Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. There’s something else, subli I enjoyed the allegorical nature aldksandr this book. There’s another great scene where he is visiting the zoo. Forced labourlabour performed involuntarily and under duress, usually by relatively large groups of people.


While incarcerated, he had been operated aolzhenitsyn for a tumor, but was not told the diagnosis.

Another extended metaphor on the poison that Stalin pumped into the Soviet Union and that after his death, it took the citizens a little while to distinguish between right and wrong? I place CW apart from the other major works of Solzhenitsyn and place it instead closer to Grossman’s Forever Flowing, another novel about the inmate’s impossibility of returning –to normality, to youth, to belief.

This guiltless and scheming official is behind the deportation, torture and imprisonment of innocent people, believing that what he does is only a testament of loyalty to his country, but in reality, he is just a common criminal who abuses his power waard of spite. Yes it survived, sokzhenitsyn yes it emerged as a super power-but at what cost. The story explores the moral responsibility of those implicated in Stalin’s Great Purge —when millions were killed, sent to camps or exiled.

Oleg Kostoglotov is lying on the floor of a provincial hospital, at the entrance to the cancer ward, which is unpromising namedthe 13th wing, looking up at the cold ceiling, his dead eyes stare.

From almost humorously heartless Rusanov, to young and lovable Dyomka, to our faithful protaganist Kostoglotov, there isn’t much of humanity that Solzhenitsyn doesn’t touch upon with his piercing thought. I think here he is reaching for the role of a modern day Tolstoy – the author as prophet and cult figure, perhaps uniquely writers have the potential to re-form their communities of readers, fortunately maybe few try to do so.


Pavel Nikolayevich Rusanov, has no problem getting a coveted bedhe is an important bureaucrat, but cancer has no favorites, he will discover, shortly. It appears only as the end goal to attain the inexhaustible, human yearning for material happiness.

Skoro smo i sina nazvali po njemu: Joseph Pearce writes that attendance was higher than usual. They executed people like you, but they made us stand up and applaud the verdicts Just nod and agree, folks. Then, he continues on to see a crowd gathering around another cage.

Cancer Ward : Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn :

Through the stories of the many people in this book we learn of the type of society they lived in ,and there are profound observations on so many subjects in life that are extremely memorable.

To prolong someone’s life, but to take away their ability to live that life doesn’t seem worth it to me. Bars on the windows only on the first floor, it is true, to keep the burglars out, and they are in a geometric pattern like rays of light Combine editions 6 12 Oct 27, It particularly highlights his character, making him at par with the rest of the patients in terms of spiritual maturity.