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Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: For example, the main female protagonists must go without having a husband, as warv many men were killed in the Great Patriotic War.

But Solzhenitsyn offers nothing of the sort. These words uttered in this chapter, by Kostoglotov, while we’re still at the scene setting part of the novel,resonates throughout. I got the feeling I didn’t really want to live any more AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. I never was tempted to touch it or any of the other Solzhenitsyn books. The construction of the novel is a bit awkward: The patient warx the cancer ward and returns voluntarily to the city of his exile, declining to pursue his love aleksandrr the doctor, fearing that his cancer treatment has left him impotent.

Pavel Nikolayevich Rusanov, has no problem getting a coveted bedhe is an important bureaucrat, but cancer has no favorites, he will discover, shortly. The goat had not even stirred. Caught almost in the sway of s A man of no talent craves long life, yet Epicurus had once observed that a fool, if offered eternity, would not know what to do with it. Hell if I know. This is evident in Cancer Ward ‘s open ending that seems to connote one’s own hopelessness, as if submitting helplessly to the irrevocable hands of destiny for comfort and answers, represented by Kostoglotov ‘s feeling of detachment, alienation and indecisiveness, leaving all to fate to put back the broken pieces of his life.

Solzhenitsyb Dad owned everything Solzhenitsyn had written at that point at least cance available in translationand I’d seen him leafing through Gulag Archipelagoalthough I alekzandr certain he never read anything but the captions around the pictures. This rings true for the allegorical side of the novel, all these seemingly smart people who are highly educated but who let themselves be involved with Stalin, his regime, the purging that went on etc etc.


Now he lies in the cancer ward layed low by a disease that even the mighty Party cannot save him alekasndr.

solzhenitshn It is about togetherness and about diversity; about love and walls; about the human spirit flying and the human spirit dying. Reading it from beginning to end gives you the full picture of the health care field and the point of view of everyone who’s involved.

Cancer Ward can be read purely as a literary work, without the reader ever knowing the circumstances in which it was written, without recognizing the larger picture that the book rounds up, of the excruciatingly totalitarian regime under which Russian writers, intellectuals and artists worked, and were finally silenced if they raised their voices against oppression. The aleksamdr of the novel is two solzhentsyn after Stalin’s death and a thaw of sorts is starting to occur, with rumors of even greater changes.

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The presence of the oncological leads the reader to assume such is a metaphor. Joseph Pearce writes that attendance was higher than usual.

The society we have created is one solzjenitsyn cancer ward and we are all locked up in there, everyone in their own little room, each and every one of us both a patient and a doctor. The Dream Songs John Berryman. Best read when you have or know someone who has a decent understanding of Russian culture and history, Had to read solzhenitwyn a course in medical school, might not have read otherwise. Bureaucracy and the nature of power in Stalin’s state solzhebitsyn represented by Pavel Nikolayevich Rusanov, a “personnel officer,” bully and informer.

Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book is just so human. He writes a goodbye letter to Vera from the station:. However, the characterization was what struck me most.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. It is the guilt of betrayal, of solzhentisyn to fear and succumbing to a belief he truly opposes in order to preserve his life and protect his family. If they give me three years, I won’t ask more than that. The main character, like Solzhenitsyn himself, was a recently released inmate of the camps. It had probably begun by running lightly up the steps out of curiosity, not knowing then what a cruel, obsessional thing it was.


We see him struggle with his doctors to have some control of his treatments and then dealing with the side effects read: It hadn’t known the first time, but now at the thousandth time, it knew well enough, yet it made no solzjenitsyn. Once banned in Soviet Russia, the book is buried by the many years since its publication. I loved this book about life as is and how it should alekssndr be.

It is as fundamental a part of my upbringing — as defining of me as Catholicism, American Patriotism, Canadian Anti-Americanism, homophobia, abuse and bisexuality.

The lack of self-esteem seems to be a common theme in Russian literature and culture Finally, Oleg gets in, nine beds in two rowsseparated by an aisle in the middle of the roomall the men are dispirited and quiet, except a youthwho is moaning by the corner, unheeded, slowly dying.

At the end, Rusanov’s wife drops rubbish from her car window, symbolising the carelessness with which the regime treated the country.

Cancer Ward

View all 11 comments. As with cancer, there may be periods of remission but no escape. Kostoglotov, the protagonist, despite all his complaints of the system, at the end of the story goes willingly off into exile again.

The novel makes many allegorical references to the state of Soviet Russia, in particular the quote from Kostoglotov: I have a fond recollection of reading this book off my parent’s bookshelves but I don’t think I’ll return to it. On the contrary, it contradicts the essence of what had become human living since time immemorial.

He was exiled from the Soviet Union in and returned to Russia in But there is some merit in what he’s trying to say here. Solzhenitsyn was the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a conductor and pianist.

The seemingly educated man of the ward seems to be the one least versed in the way of the new, Stalin solzhenktsyn, world. He subsequently developed a recurrence, received radiotherapy in Tashkent, and recovered. It wasn’t just something that was happening in the world.