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Novel Medicine: Cancer Ward, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

The plot focuses on a group of patients as they undergo crude and frightening treatment in a squalid hospital. Jun 25, Lisa rated it it was qard Shelves: Though banned in the Soviet Unionthe work was published in by Italian and other European publishers in the Russian language as Rakovy korpus.

At what point do you cut the cord? The attacker was not an agent of American imperialism or an anti-humanist. Like the blood transfusion Kostoglotov received from Gangard, I literally felt this book flow through my veins. As human living immersed itself voluntarily in the deep dark materiality of existence, as it is beleaguered by the sensual pleasures of physicality. Because they are this one person that laughs when ninety nine people weep.

Don’t you feel that? Kostoglotov is admitted to hospital for cancer treatment from internal perpetual exile in Kazakhstanas was Solzhenitsyn. His books do not depress me, I find them powerful and hopeful documents to the strength of the human spirit.

If he burns brightly before he dies, his light shines for all time. His feelings for Vera alekszndr strong and seem to be reciprocated, though neither of them has spoken of it directly:. This guiltless and scheming official is warr the deportation, torture and imprisonment of innocent people, believing that what he does is only a testament of loyalty to his country, but in reality, he is just a common aelksandr who abuses his power out of spite. Semi-autobiographical novel, political fiction.

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. Now, I admire it, I don’t however agree with it. In truth, the want of money is only a direct object. All through the morning people are gloomy and silent Obviously they were evil bastards.


Minorities are sent to prison for “criminal activity” often activities that were intentionally criminalized to insure their incarcerationthe poor stay poor and those with power flaunt their ease and wealth and special treatment, the poor were in constant fear of being watched by secret police and aleksaner police, of being screwed over by those in power on a whim.

He crafts a single narrative weaving in the various roles and what their motives are so we end up with a complete tapestry of what makes up humanity when facing our own natural mortality.

You think that these characters have lived through sieges and war and exiles and now this horrible disease and you still see them grasping at the hope that it’s not what it is or what it could be. But the strongest storyline is that of people fighting the horrible disease, coping with the possibility of death and the question what they have made of their life.

One of the cages was empty, with a sign nailed to it, “Macaque Rhesus”, then: Of course you’ll say I must be lying: For the album of the same name, see Cancer Ward album.

Kostoglotov often considers the senseless cruelty that comes with life However, here is where all similarities break down. A self devoid of any form of spirituality that loses one’s connection to his own eternal soul. At the end, Rusanov’s wife drops rubbish from her car window, symbolising the carelessness with which the regime treated the country. solzhenitzyn

I enjoyed the allegorical nature of this book. His foil is the Communist Party hack Pavel Rusanova man who has no heart and soul at all other than the Communist Party itselfin whose name he has cold-bloodedly ruined countless lives. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. xolzhenitsyn

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? Combine editions 6 12 Oct 27, 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.


Certainly not a frolicky day in the parkā€¦ no Maurice Chevalier dance routines. The patients in Ward 13 all suffer from cancer, but differ in age, personality, nationality, and social class as if such a thing could be possible in the Soviet “classless” society! 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.

Joseph Pearce writes that attendance was higher than usual. Summary The story takes place in the men’s cancer ward of a hospital in a city in Soviet Central Asia. Pavel shouldn’t be with such riffraff, he has sent many of themlowlifes, to the labor camps, most never to return, but rumors that the survivors are “returning”, makes him feel uneasy, things are changing, not for the better, Rusanov thinks. The Sabbath Susannah Heschel. Dense, passionate and rewarding.

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood. Like any well crafted allegory, there’s multiple layers and threads.

Cancer Ward

Another letter from Kostoglotov page It was grey and appalling and squalid and filthy and ineffective, and everyone in the hospital was a Communist. If they give me three years, I won’t ask more than that. You may disagree, but I have a prediction to make: One by oneall Oleg’s friends, leave the room and go home, to die? I guess you can ask, how can you be inspired and uplifted by this, Kim?

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. View all 11 comments. It is the sheer moment of detachment, as the spirit leaves its temporal vessel, it surrenders to the Source of Light back to its eternal rest.