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Rakovy korpus
Aleksander Solzhenitsyn
publisher: , 1968

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Cancer Ward
publisher: Querido, Amsterdam, 1968
translation: Nicholas Bethell / David Burg

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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.

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BOOKS BY ALEKSANDER SOLZHENITSYN:

Cancer Ward
1968
A deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the - cancerous - Soviet police state.
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
1962
The simply told story of a typical, grueling day of the titular character's life in a labor camp in Siberia.
The Gulag Archipelago

An account of the Soviet prison system, based on extensive research and Solzhenitsyn's own experiences as a prisoner in the Gulag.
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