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Cancer Ward: A Novel (FSG Classics)

Cancer Ward: A Novel (FSG Classics)
Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
ISBN 13: 9780374511999
ISBN 10: 374511993
Edition: Reissue
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: 1991-11-01
Format: Paperback
Pages: 560
List Price: $20.00

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. Translated by Nicholas Bethell and David Burg.