FROM THE NOBEL PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR OF THE GULAG ARCHIPELAGO, ALEKSANDR SOLZHENITSYNSolzhenitsyn is one of the towering figures of the age, as a writer, as moralist, as hero Edward CrankshawAfter years in enforced exile on the Kazakhstan steppes, a cancer diagnosis brings Oleg Kostoglotov to Ward 13 Brutally treated in squalid conditions, and faced with ward staff and other patients from across the Soviet Union, Kostoglotov finds himself thrown once again into the gruelling mechanics of a state still haunted by Stalinism One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature, Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet police state Withdrawn from publication in Russia in 1964, it became, along with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a work that awoke the conscience of the world....
|Publisher||:||Vintage Digital Auflage New Ed 31 Oktober 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||579 Pages|
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Cancer Ward Reviews
At first Cancer Ward exposes the dull horror of succombing to the terminal illness -- the x-ray therapy, the injections, the pain. These treatments seems particularly archaic by today's standards, and help to intensify the despair. But long before the middle of the book, the characters - a group of a dozen or so men in the ward - begin to drive the narrative. They argue party affiliations and politics with a false bravado, trying to believe these things matter, that they'll leave the Ward alive. But it is Kostoglotov (who may have been an inspiration for Kesey's Randall McMurphy, from One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest) who becomes the life of the novel. A prisoner of the State and a desperately ill man, he nonetheless continues to live fully in the Ward, persuing nurses, ruminating on the nature of illness and exile, and daring to hope. The reader dares to hope, too, as Kostoglotov shows flickering indications of health. A fabulously engaging book - and, inthe bargain, one of the only pieces of fiction that will make you consider a healthier lifestyle
Solzhenitsyn always gives wonderful characters in a dreadful situation, makes you aware of the horrors of Stalinism as they affect the characters, and flat out refuses to give you a satisfying ending. It's as if he is telling us it isn't that kind of a book - you aren't in Disneyland.As in The First Circle, Solzhenitsyn presents us with a group of Russian men living together in tough circumstances. The First Circle concerns political prisoners. Cancer Ward's characters are imprisoned by their tumors. The author himself had experience in both of these worlds, as a political prisoner for ridiculing Stalin, and as a cancer patient.The two main characters here are Kostoglotov (hero) and Rusanov (villain). Kostoglotov reports to the cancer ward as a former political prisoner who had been exiled to Siberia (of course, innocent, and a war hero). The huge scar on his face was given to him by ruffians in the prison camp when he had the courage to stand up to them in defense of their innocent victims.Rusanov is a higher-up in government. He has forced many a married woman to abandon her political prisoner husband and file for divorce, at the threat of losing her livelihood. He sent his best friend to Siberia because the man's family was sharing Rusanov's home, and Rusanov wanted it all for his own family.These are, as you may know if you are at all familiar with this author, typical Solzhenitsyn characters. The heroic good guy, victimized by Stalin's insanity, and the despicable bad guy who thrives under the Stalinist system.Without spoiling the ending for you, but just warning you, the final chapter is the one in which Kostoglotov has his chance to "get the girl" and live happily ever after, but...
An outstanding novel of profundity, compassion and true humanity. Not for those who want quick action and easy reading. It's a gradual build up in the traditional Russian novelistic style. Solzhenitsyn is the only spiritual successor to Tolstoy.
I've always loved Russian Literature, but this book looked daunting. However I love books like this, where there is a microcosm of society seen in a certain situation. All the patients are being treated for cancer, but there is a cancer in society too.
This book, however good of a book it is, has potential to be so much better IF THE STORY DID NOT FALL APART FOR ALMOST EVERY CHARACTER BUT ONE IN THE LAST 100 PAGES! This is the last of Solzhenitsyn's I would pick to read.