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ISBN-10: 0374534713
ISBN-13: 9780374534714
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 04/14/2015
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.40" H

Cancer Ward

Translator: Nicholas Bethell
Translator: David Burg

Paperback

Price: $26.00

Overview

The Russian Nobelist’s semiautobiographical novel set in a Soviet cancer ward shortly after Stalin’s death

One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn’s Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet police state.

Cancer Ward
, which has been compared to the masterpiece of another Nobel Prize winner, The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, 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. While the experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author’s own–Solzhenitsyn became a patient in a cancer ward in the mid-1950s, on his release from a labor camp, and later recovered–the patients, as a group, represent a remarkable cross section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes, both under normal circumstances and then reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. A seminal work from one of the most powerful voices in twentieth century literature, Cancer Ward offers an extraordinary portrait of life in the Soviet Union.

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Reviews

"A literary event of the first magnitude." –Time

"The most moving of Solzhenitsyn's novels." –Clifton Fadiman

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Details

ISBN-10: 0374534713
ISBN-13: 9780374534714
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publish Date: 04/14/2015
Dimensions: 8.20" L, 5.40" W, 1.40" H
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