Cancer Ward

Cancer Ward By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nicholas William Bethell David Burg, Cancer Ward One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet pol
  • Title: Cancer Ward
  • Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nicholas William Bethell David Burg
  • ISBN: 9780099575511
  • Page: 409
  • Format: Paperback
  • Cancer Ward By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nicholas William Bethell David Burg, One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature, Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet police state.
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    1. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Nicholas William Bethell David Burg

      Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union s forced labor camp system particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best known works Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970 He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994 Solzhenitsyn was the father of Ignat Solzhenitsyn, a conductor and pianist.

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    1. Pain in its purest form At the time when I first read this, I didn t know much of the Soviet Union, or of writers fate within that state, or of cancer and its silent, treacherous spread in secret weak spots of the body I was a young teenager, and had been told that this might be a bit too difficult for me to take from my parents bookshelf which constituted a natural invitation to do exactly that of course The ensuing problem nightmares I could not talk about, as I had read the book in secret mad [...]

    2. Do I remember the Cold War You bet I do I think about it every day It is as fundamental a part of my upbringing as defining of me as Catholicism, American Patriotism, Canadian Anti Americanism, homophobia, abuse and bisexuality.It wasn t just something that was happening in the world In my household, with an American father, a U.S Coast Guard Veteran he was a Coastie who was all set to go to Vietnam with U.S Coast Guard Squadron One and wanted to go when the U.S finally pulled out He didn t coun [...]

    3. Scene Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, in the old Soviet Union, two years after the death of the brutal dictator, Stalin 1955 Oleg Kostoglotov is lying on the floor of a provincial hospital, at the entrance to the cancer ward, which is unpromising named , the 13th wing, looking up at the cold ceiling, his dead eyes stare He can t get admitted until a space is available, but a vacancy will arrive soon, he feels death near Meanwhile stoic Kostoglotov, a survivor of the infamous Gulag, and a per [...]

    4. Like the blood transfusion Kostoglotov received from Gangard, I literally felt this book flow through my veins I was wary of the injection at the beginning, a bit numb in the middle and completely intoxicated toward the end.In fact, I think this might be the best piece of literature I have come across so far in my life.First of all the characters Despite being confined to the same small space and sharing a common fate, they are very colourful, different from each other and interesting in their o [...]

    5. Cancer Ward hmmm Oh, Cancer Ward What was I expecting from you Certainly not a frolicky day in the park no Maurice Chevalier dance routines Nope I can t say I was duped Cancer sucks Hell, I m not spouting some fresh angle on an old dictum Just nod and agree, folks Most of us have had some dealings with it, some than others it s one of the nastiest things out there rots you from the inside out, leaves you to dwell on things left unaccomplished and fills your head with messy words like sarcoma , [...]

    6. Exceptional and ingenious piece of writing, Cancer Ward Terribly terrific, Painstakingly beautiful, One , later on, later on Keeping the review aside, let me say first, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn is one of the greatest literary craftsman he Must Be Read.Before saying anything else let me confess this man is my another favorite Russian writer That s my second book by him the first was One day in the life of Ivan Denisovich and I m startled by his eloquent description of those harsh circumstances He w [...]

    7. 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.Cancer Ward CW consciously strives for the epic, readily aware of the distance between itself and the baggy monsters of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and yet sways in the limitations of the material especially in moral terms Unlike Europe after the Shoah, the Soviet experiment had different questions to ask itself after Stalin s death Caught almost in the sway of self [...]

    8. Well, what have we here Another nice little cancer The hard lump of his tumor unexpected, meaningless and quite without use had dragged him in like a fish on a hook and flung him onto this iron bed a narrow, mean bed, with creaking springs and an apology for a mattress Solzhenitsyn writes beautifully about human physical, moral, social, and political conditions over layering each consideration one upon the other His books do not depress me, I find them powerful and hopeful documents to the stren [...]

    9. This book is just so human Dostoevsky said about Victor Hugo s The Last Day of a Condemned Man, Absolutely the most read and truthful of everything that Hugo wrote Without being arrogant and just my strong opinion as a reader, Cancer Ward has to be the most human and honest book by Solzhenitsyn There are scenes where if we look into our heart, we would do or feel the same thing, I m sure of it Solzhenitsyn included so many aspects of what makes us human and puts them into a mere few hundred page [...]

    10. Finally, a Russian book that I REALLY liked This is an extremely well written, slow paced story of the daily life of patients and employees at a cancer ward somewhere in an Asian Soviet republic in 1954, with the soviet mindset, customs, oppression and resignation, coupled with fear of death Wonderfully interesting

    11. Cancer Ward is like all the other greats of Russian literature Dense, passionate and rewarding This truly beautiful novel is, to me, the best Russian novel of the twentieth century, and Solzhenitsyn is one of Russia s greatest writers ever to have lived.

    12. As the cliche goes, money is the root of all evil, and many would agree that indeed it is On the contrary, it contradicts the essence of what had become human living since time immemorial As human living immersed itself voluntarily in the deep dark materiality of existence, as it is beleaguered by the sensual pleasures of physicality In truth, the want of money is only a direct object It appears only as the end goal to attain the inexhaustible, human yearning for material happiness This burning [...]

    13. I loved this book about life as is and how it should not be It s a very sad story and somehow the ending left me with broken heart.

    14. Review en rating volgen als ik deel 2 gelezen heb en het boek echt uit is.Toch alvast een anekdote.In het begin van het eerste jaar aan de unief zat ik in de aula naast een jongen die een praatje met mij wou maken Ergens kwam de conversatie uit op boeken en lezen Ik zei hem dat ik graag las Oh ja, wat dan vroeg hij Ik weet niet meer wat ik precies geantwoord heb, maar zijn reactie was Ah, fictie dus, waarna hij zich wegdraaide en zo de conversatie be indigde.Dit misprijzen van non fictie lezers [...]

    15. This work of Russian literature which is quite epic in scope deals with many themes.It is set in a clinic in Soviet ruled Uzbekistan for cancer patients ,in the mid 1950 s ,shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin.It deals with the personal stories and lives of many different charactersThere are parallels between the cancer that ravages the bodies of the dying patients and the cancer of Communism that ravaged the once proud Russia.The hero of the novel is Oleg Kostolgotov who has gone from being [...]

    16. The greyness of the cancer theme it s set in a cancer ward is just like a mirroring backdrop for the Soviet Union that it showcases Vignettes of the lives of patients, doctors, nurses and others from the high ranking and staunch Soviet bureaucrat Rusanov to the poor exile Kostoglotov, it breaks their political and ideological positions down to their narrower human concerns and desires, such as the materialism of Rusanov s home that he enjoys, or Kostoglotov s desire for a woman that takes up muc [...]

    17. Remekdjelo Nai i na ovakvu knjigu je kao i nai i na biser u koljci Jedna u tisu u Svaka stranica pri a za sebe koja te tjera na razmi ljanje i sagledavanje ivotnih prioriteta iz sasvim drugih uglova.Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn je jedini rus kojeg sam mogao pro itati do kraja a moja ga ena naprosto obo ava Skoro smo i sina nazvali po njemu

    18. So, this is not quite a joyous, fluffy marshmallow, look at the cute puppies, feel good frolic through a meadow Which, in fairness, the title does go a long way to dispelling any thoughts you might be harbouring on that front What it is, is a hard hitting allegory about the Soviet Union and the chaos it was in, trying to recuperate after Stalins reign of terror and how difficult it was for some to leave this behind, and for others who were rebelling against the poison Read literally it s a look [...]

    19. I enjoyed the allegorical nature of this book.However, the characterization was what struck me most.Particularly hat of Dontsova with whom I deeply identified, who fights a disease in others regardless of cost but is humbled by that self same illness.The following two quotes were, for me particularly evocative We are so attached to the earth and yet we are incapable of holding on to it Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside of me is not all of me There s something else, sublime qu [...]

    20. Gelukkig heb ik me niet laten tegenhouden door de niet zo wervende titel, de Russische naam van de auteur en het feit dat de Nederlandse uitgave van dit boek dateert uit de jaren stillekes, want dit boek is niet minder dan een pareltje.Met hele fijne lijnen beschrijft de auteur de pati nten en ook en passant wat familieleden, verplegers verpleegsters en dokters die tesamen in n kamer liggen in de kankerafdeling van een Russisch ziekenhuis Het boek speelt zich af twee jaren na Stalins dood en de [...]

    21. There s something sobering about this novel.Weighing in at over 500 pages and easily the heaviest thing in my bag, Cancer Ward would seem to come to a definite conclusion, be it comforting or disturbing, by its denouement But Solzhenitsyn offers nothing of the sort Rather, we must revel in the beautiful ambiguity of this novel, and, in so doing, revel in the often frustrating, poignant, and somber ambiguity of life This novel is at once both a metaphorical critique of Soviet Russia as well as a [...]

    22. I was slow to pick this one up, After all, I thought, how interesting can a book be about a ward full of cancer patients The answer is very interesting This is an excellent book It is a remarkable contrast to the epic fictional works of his that I ve read of his It is intimate, romantic, personal, and tragic I heartily recommend this book.

    23. Istinski velika knjiga Kroz pacijente i osoblje odjela za rak odslikava se Rusija SSSR u doba Staljina Po to je knjiga poluautobiografska, pitala sam se to je fikcija a to stvarnost Protkana je sa toliko mnogo prelijepih misli o ivotu, smrti, sre i Knjiga koja tjera na razmi ljanje.

    24. This was my second Solzhenitsyn My first was One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, upon which I wrote a frustrating and rather dull essay entitled Past and Present in the Works of Solzhenitsyn and Chekhov , or something of that genre I liked Ivan, as we affectionately termed it, I thought it a brave and fascinating insight into Stalinist Russia and the power of will and work and the human condition and so on and so forth But I wouldn t say that it particularly convinced me that Solzhenitsyn wa [...]

    25. In this novel Solsjenitsyn is above all a Russian writer lots of characters patients, doctors, nurses in the cancer ward of a hospital, somewhere in Central Asia, in the mid 50 s, in full Soviet era He takes his time to describe some of these characters in full, and through them he brings up existential, political and social questions Let s say he offers a mix of Tolstoi and Dostojevski, although he is less whirling and feverish than those two classic models.The construction of the novel is a bi [...]

    26. The novel is than a simple tale of Communist Russia The questions it asks, on happiness, the value of life etc are just as prominent and relevant in modern Western society as they where in Stalinist Russia.This makes the book quite refreshing It isn t like many novels on this period which are told to shock and fascinate the Western reader It doesn t spend its time enumerating the ridiculous and cruel Though some of those aspects are there they are presented subtly, as a part of everyday life A [...]

    27. Niente da fare, i romanzieri russi hanno una loro marcia speciale, l equivalente letterario delle facolt extrasensoriali, e riescono a scrivere storie che sono allo stesso tempo dipinti e hanno la pregnanza della verit pi vera.Questo vero per il grande Tolstoj, per Gogol, per Bulgakov e in modo particolare per Solzenicyn.Reparto C, o Padiglione Cancro, come titolato in alcune edizioni, un moderno Guerra e Pace, e non a caso, nel dialogo, le vivissime personalit personaggi sarebbe riduttivo che s [...]

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