Overview

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 Withdrawn from publication in Russia in 1964, it became, along with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a work that awoke the conscience of the world. As Robert Service wrote of its appeal in the Independent, 'In waging his struggle against Soviet communism, Solzhenitsyn the novelist preferred the ...
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Cancer Ward

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Overview

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 Withdrawn from publication in Russia in 1964, it became, along with One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, a work that awoke the conscience of the world. As Robert Service wrote of its appeal in the Independent, 'In waging his struggle against Soviet communism, Solzhenitsyn the novelist preferred the rapier to the cudgel'.

Death and moral responsibility, examined in the setting of a provincial hospital.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781448114467
  • Publisher: Random House Adult Trade Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 474,253
  • File size: 760 KB

Meet the Author

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was born in 1918 and grew up in Rostov-on-Don. He graduated in physics and mathematics from Rostov University and studied literature by correspondence course at Moscow University. In World War II he fought as an artillery officer, attaining the rank of captain. In 1945, however, after making derogatory remarks about Stalin in a letter, he was arrested and summarily sentenced to eight years in forced labour camps, followed by internal exile. In 1957 he formally rehabilitated, and settled down to teaching and writing. The publication of One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich in Novy Mir in 1962 was followed by publication, in the West, of his novels Cancer Ward and The First Circle. In 1970 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, and in 1974 his citizenship was revoked and he was expelled from the Soviet Union. He settled in Vermont and worked on his great historical cycle The Red Wheel. In 1990, with the fall of Soviet Communism, his citizenship was restored and four years later he returned to settle in Russia.
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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Amazing

    Solzhenitsyn writes a very telling novel about post revolution Russian. His characters are touching and real. He deals with a tragic event in a very respectful and realistic way. I loved this book so much that I went out and also purchased his other works. This isn't a light book, it isn't fluff, but it is a work that everyone should read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Outstanding

    This book is marvelous. If you have read any of Solzhenitsyn's other work, you will dfeinately appriciate this work. If anything, the way this book unravles is ravishing. His portrayal of several characters relating to one major theme is ardently Russian. This is a page turner, so make sure you have ample time to read huge chunchs per moment of reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2002

    Brilliant Narrative

    This book will enlighten those of you who actively extol the ideologies of the USSR. Not to mention the brilliant narration, numerous philosophical reflections that should inspire all of us, and the poignant examination of cancer, a disease that still, despite technological progress in the field of medicine, snatches entire lives away and consumes the souls of those left behind.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2001

    A Moving Tale

    This is one of my favorite novels of all time. The characters are wonderful and memorable. Anyone who is a fan on this time-period in Russian history will especially find this book interesting. I'm a great fan of Russian literature but sometimes the translation is so awkward it masks the beauty of the prose. This translation, however, is one of the better ones I have read, and I feel that it stays true to the original text. After watching both of my grandfathers die of cancer, I found this book extremely moving for its universal portrayal of individuals suffering from an affliction like cancer. The book goes beyond just a social looking glass into post-Stalinistic Russian society.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 26, 2010

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    required reading

    This is a great book. It should be required reading in school because it really shows what socialism is and the realism of it in Russia. The writer's other books also are very good.

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