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Views Read Edit View history. And touch he does: I think about it every day. It had stood there a long time just like a statue, like a continuation of the rock itself. In the end Kostoglotov boards a train to the site of his “eternal” exile: There is never just one single occurrence that weakens a political structure beyond hope: What it is, is a hard hitting allegory about the Soviet Union and the chaos it was in, trying wrad 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.

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For Kostoglotov there is suddenly the possibility that he will be released from internal exile and allowed to return to his home city of Leningrad. He is perhaps the most identifiable among the patients in the ward.

Forced labourlabour performed involuntarily and under duress, usually by relatively large groups of people. And yet the characters retain their humanness and life goes on.

Cancer Ward

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 wxrd h Exceptional and ingenious piece of writing, “Cancer Ward” Terribly terrific, Painstakingly beautiful, One more, later on, later on.


He uses humor and documentation as forces of survival.

This book as a whole is even more amazing. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. But, of course, what got the book banned in the Soviet Union in was that allegorically the patients were the country with its oppression of the people. 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. With his tortured mind full of guilt and a slowly dying body, he breaks his silence, as solzuenitsyn lets out his evolved being with a sudden outburst during a heated discord in defense of Kostoglotov.

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It was grey and appalling and squalid and filthy and ineffective, and everyone in the hospital was a Communist. Soviet Russia under the tyrannical regime of Stalin was gripped by the might of his human cruelty, social oppression and the injustice of his political repression, casting his dark shadow over the country in the midst of turmoil, as it blanketed the tortured lives of the many into the oblivion of dreamless isolation. For example, the main female protagonists must go without having a husband, as so many men were killed in the Great Patriotic War.

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, in the old Soviet Union, two years after the death of the brutal dictator, Stalin Caught almost in the sway of self-conscious people becoming cynical.

I loved this book about life as is and how it should not be. As with cancer, there may be periods of remission but no escape. Cancer Ward, by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 1 17 Oct 17, The one who is struggling to understand what’s going on, why he’s not being afforded sokzhenitsyn privileges he previously had, why there is a lack of respect for him. And when there was no breeze to make its straggly hair flutter it was impossible aleksamdr prove it was alive, that it wasn’t just a trick.

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The club passed a resolution that it would assist Solzhenitsyn in getting Cancer Ward published. I know this is a sensitive enough topic, but personally myself I don’t agree with that.

Some men survive to see better times; many fates are left unknown; and, unavoidably, with a sick punch to my gut, a few men suffer throughout, never to live their lives with health and zeal again. Just nod and agree, folks. The Gulag Archipelago An especially well written autobiographical novel, Solzhenitsyn is showing, through Oleg Kostoglotov, based on his own life, how dehumanizing the old Soviet system was, nobody but the high party members were treated well, everyone supposedly equal, but in reality, some “more equal than others” Kostoglotov realizes this and fights for his freedom with all that he has; he sneaks books, questions doctors, does all that a peasant man can do to try to take hold of his life once again.

I was just overwhelmed by the sense of hope that these people still carried, no matter their lot in life.

You have to hand it to Solzhenitsyn he weaves quite xleksandr not so hidden tale: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Which, in fairness, the title does go a long way to dispelling any thoughts you might be harbouring on that front! But it is really about people overcoming or succumbing to adversity in life.

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