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Cancer Ward (original 1968; edition 2003)
Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (1968)
Russian Literature (26)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374511993, Paperback)
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.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:21:37 -0400)
'Cancer Ward' describes the lives of people condemned on health grounds to internment or death. It provides a psychological insight into the intensified experience of people under varying degrees of pressure and deprivation.
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