Cancer ward

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1969 - Fiction - 560 pages
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"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.

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User Review  - greeniezona - LibraryThing

It had been a while since I read something from the bookslut 100 list, so I picked this book up and it blew me away. What is this book about? What isn't it about? It takes place in a cancer ward in a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Fluffyblue - LibraryThing

The book started well for me, and was far more interesting and easy to read than I expected it to be, however is it went along I struggled to maintain an interest in the characters. Read full review

Contents

No Cancer Whatsoever
1
Education Doesnt Make You Smarter
10
Teddy Bear
26
Copyright

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Aleksandr was born in the south of Russia. He fought in World War II and was a twice-decorated Captain in an artillery company when, in 1945, at the age of 26, he was sentenced to eight years of forced labor. Won the Nobel Prize in 1970..

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