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Solzhenitxyn of the cages was empty, with a sign nailed to it, “Macaque Rhesus”, then: In my household, with an American father, a U.

As he realizes the imminent danger his into, his idea is to make the most of his short and brief life, exhausting all his energy, all that remained in the fulfillment of his earthly dream of recognition. If they give me three years, I won’t ask more than that. 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.

Read literally- it’s a l So, this is not quite a joyous, fluffy marshmallow, look at the cute puppies, feel good frolic through a meadow. Nice one, Mom and Dadthe famous nuclear holocaust TV movie with Steve Guttenberg and Jason Robards, she took to hiding in our basement bathroom, the darkest room in the house, jamming a towel along the crack at the bottom of the door and teaching herself how to do everything blind.

But what I read stuck with me for many years. 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. This is no different from Dostoevsky ‘s approach. To end a glum review of a dark book on a positive note: Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

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The novel also provides an interesting look at mid-century Soviet medicine and medical ethics. Bureaucracy and the nature of power in Stalin’s state are represented by Pavel Nikolayevich Rusanov, a “personnel officer,” bully and informer. He didn’t count himself luckya father who was rabidly patriotic, the Cold War was something that we were fighting every day.


Cancer Ward | novel by Solzhenitsyn |

Cancer Ward tells the story of a small group of patients in Ward 13, the cancer ward of a hospital in Soviet Central Asia intwo years after Joseph Stalin ‘s death. It is bounded on the northwest and north by Russia, on the east by China, and on the south by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and the Aral Sea; the Caspian Sea bounds Kazakhstan to the southwest. Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, in the old Soviet Union, two years after the death of the brutal dictator, Stalin The Gulag Archipelago Now, some twenty-five years later, I know so much more about all those topics that frightened me back then – and they scare me even more today, knowing their true impact.

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. Works by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Cancer Ward

The ensuing problem – nightmares I could not talk about, as I had read the book in s Pain in its purest form! Sieges, exiles, bread lines, grappling with the idea of ethical socialism yet living in a competitive, do better society. He does find the courage to go to Vera’s once, but he has left it so late in the day that she is no longer there, and he decides not to try again.

However, the characterization was what struck me most. Instead, he decides to accept less from life than he had hoped for, and to face it alone. Still Oleg Kostoglotov, even has time to romance two women, Vera, a pretty, friendly doctor in the hospital, and Zoya, even more beautiful and younger nurse, studying to become a physician also.

And when there was no breeze to make its straggly hair flutter it was impossible to prove it was alive, that it wasn’t just a trick. What keeps us moral? The attacker was not an agent of American imperialism or an anti-humanist. The last pages are beautiful: Forced labourlabour performed involuntarily and under duress, usually by relatively large groups of people.

A Sport and a Pastime James Salter. As though there is nowhere for these varied men to go, nothing for them to hope for, their robust arms, stomachs, legs all wasting away to nothingness.

The Cancer Ward

This is a social condition of loose morals foreseen by Fyodor Dostoyevskyas it is prophetically depicted in Demonsin which Leo Tolstoy tries to redeem through his Christ like vision of passivity. 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 know this book is of an allegorical nature, so if you’re to read this as the literal sense, the human body, is what she’s saying, that to put the body through serious trauma and seriously erode someone’s quality of life, worth it for them to have that life? The heart of this book and all of Solzhenitsyn’s writing is in a single chapter: They’re not different from you at all. The setting is the Thaw of Khrushchev at a clinic in Uzbekistan.

A Single Man Christopher Isherwood. It is like living on the pretense of no tomorrow, exhausting the earth’s resources for selfish reasons.

I’ll be the worst sort of cripple! The hero of the novel is Oleg Kostolgotov who has gone from being a soldier on the frontline of Russia’s solahenitsyn against the invading Nazi armies during world War II to a political prisoner doomed to destruction for falling foul of Stalin’s psychopathic system to a cancer patient lingering in a rundown hospital He lives life to the full howevereven in this seemingly gloomy clinic. View all 17 comments.

Although it is meant to be a metaphorical story, indicating the macrocosm of the state solzheintsyn the microcosm of the ward, there is no real need for symbolism in the frustratingly hopeless cancer ward, where people with desperate diagnoses gather without any previous connection or anything in common except for the silent killer they have discovered within their aleksxndr.

It can now be read in a more universal sense – and be appreciated as a work of art with characters suffering from the human condition beyond specific local circumstances.

Solzhenitsyn set the novel in a Cancer Ward on the outskirts of the USSR in the mid’s, and used this locale masterfully as a touching-point for his clear observations of both life and death.