Cancer Ward

Cancer Ward

Book - 2003
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'Solzhenitsyn is one of the towering figures of the age, as a writer, as moralist, as hero' Edward Crankshaw

After 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 Withdrawn from publication in Russia in 1964, it became, along with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , a work that awoke the conscience of the world.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: London : Vintage, 2003
ISBN: 9780099575511
Branch Call Number: F SOL NVD
Characteristics: vii, [570] p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Burg, David
Bethell, Nicholas 1938-2007


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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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