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The ensuing problem – nightmares I could not talk about, as I had read the book in s Pain in its purest form!

The editor, Tvardosky, equivocated and began to request cuts, so Solzhenitsyn arranged that the novel be distributed as samizdatthen that it be discussed at a meeting in Moscow of the Central Writers’ Club on 17 November Solzhenitsyn gave an unauthorized interview to a Japanese journalist that month about The First Circleanother novel of his that the Soviet authorities had blocked, and read out loud from Cancer Ward to people at the Kurchatov Institute of Physics.

It suffers, even as Cold war condemnation of the Soviet Union, in comparison to The Foundation Pit or Moscow Stations – though admittedly Moscow Stations central message of alcoholism as a means of opting out of everything is not culturally or temporally specific.

I have a fond recollection of reading this book off my parent’s bookshelves but I don’t think I’ll return to it.

I must have time to achieve something on this earth. The cancer is kind of a metaphore for the totalitarian system. That says a lot.

Cancer Ward – Wikipedia

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. Archived from the original aleeksandr March 31, The book examines the people on a male cancer ward: They develop beautifully, right before the eyes of the reader, through their interactions, thoughts, reactions to what life throws at them.


In my household, alekaandr an American father, a U. Even symbolically, the Cancer Ward can transcend the peculiar oppression of the Soviet State and symbolise any country in the process of self-destruction. A seminal work from one of the most powerful voices in twentieth century literature, Cancer Ward offers an cancee portrait of life in the Soviet Union.

Of course the disease is supposed to symbolise how the Soviet Union breaks down from within its own structure, not through force from the outside, and the characters are carefully chosen to illustrate the complete disaster, among party faithful, successful career politicians or dissenters, among carefree or conscientious, young or old people. I find Solzhenitsyn’s writing has something in common with American Southern Gothic.

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Cancer Ward

There is plenty of adversity and denial in a alekasndr ward. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. In Cancer Wardhe put these so called imprisoned menboth literally and figuratively vis-a-vis with the people, whose sheer blindness contributed to even greater extent to their perpetual ordeal.

It is like living on the pretense of no tomorrow, exhausting the earth’s resources for selfish reasons. A Soul in ExileIgnatius Press, cancr, p.

Life is showcased and you can’t ask for much more than that. Because we are born slaves, raised as slaves and die slaves. And I don’t mean three years lying in the clinic, I mean three years in the field. On the contrary, it contradicts the essence of what had become human living since time immemorial. This novel is at once both a metaphorical critique of Soviet Russia as well as a touching story of numerous multi-faceted characters.


An especially well written autobiographical novel, Solzhenitsyn is showing, through Oleg Kostoglotov, based on his own life, how dehumanizing the old Soviet system was, nobody but the high party members were treated well, everyone supposedly equal, but in reality, some “more equal than others” The last pages are beautiful: Most of the doctors in the clinic, are women here, a low -paying profession then, the head physician is, of course a man, but does Oleg have the right, because of his serious illness, to dream about his future, with a family of his own, to love?

Published May 1st by Vintage Classics first published The White Goddess Grevel Lindop. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn Russian: Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

What are you most afraid of talking about? The construction of the novel is a bit awkward: Charles Dickens, English novelist, generally considered the greatest of the Victorian era.