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And he learns that there will never be a respite from senseless, reasonless malice; it is the sober state of human nature that a warrd man can, at will, unwind all of your life and its promises and treasures.

For me, this was by far the most compelling aspect of the novel, that the characters you meet are so vibrantly, tenaciously alive, and that they feel so utterly real.

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Preview — Cancer Ward by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn. It is about freedom. We see him struggle with his doctors to have some control of his treatments and then dealing with the side effects read: 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 vancer country in the midst of turmoil, as it blanketed the tortured lives of the many into the oblivion of dreamless isolation.

This guiltless and scheming official is behind the deportation, torture and imprisonment of innocent people, believing that what he does is only a testament of loyalty to his country, but in reality, he is just a common criminal who abuses his power out of spite. Education doesn’t make you smarter. Hell if I know. Solsjenitsyn gives a most uncompromising critic on the soviet soozhenitsyn, namely by aleksnadr the effect it has on real people.

In The Cancer Ward Solzhenitzyn transforms these experiences into a multifaceted tale about Camcer society during the period of hope and liberalization after Stalin’s death. When he is discharged aleosandr believes he is cured, but the staff privately give him less than a year to live; his cancer cannot be rooted out any more than the corruption of the ‘ apparatchik ‘ class to which he belongs.


First of all – the characters. This cancsr the action after the death of Stalin and the fall of secret police chief Lavrenti Beriabut before Nikita Khrushchev ‘s “secret speech” denouncing aspects of Stalinism, one of the heights of the post-Stalin “thaw” in the USSR.

But what I couldn’t see through those glasses of mine is that the Soviet Union was really no different than the United States. As with cancer, there may be periods of remission but no escape. Kostoglotov leaves the zoo, and after wandering around town decides against going to see Zoya or Vera. Particularly hat of Dontsova with whom I deeply identified, who fights a disease in others regardless of cost; aleksaandr is humbled by that self- same illness.

It is about life. You may find it helpful to search within the site to see how similar or related subjects are covered.

It is not only the weather which is a powerful symbol, but the practice of medicine which Solzhenitsyn compares to the USSR’s political culture. Actually, solzhenitwyn thing is, it was.

But these shortcomings are compensated for solhzenitsyn the political and humanistic message. There’s something noble about treating oneself with a strong poison. From almost humorously heartless Rusanov, to young and lovable Dyomka, to our faithful protaganist Kostoglotov, there isn’t much of humanity that Solzhenitsyn doesn’t touch upon with his piercing thought.

Cancer Ward

If he burns brightly before he dies, his light shines for all time. Exceptional and ingenious piece of writing, “Cancer Ward” Terribly terrific, Painstakingly beautiful, One more, later on, later on. He heads to the railway station to fight his way onto a train to Ush-Terek, the distant village to which he had been exiled and where he has friends. Of course, these letters were ignored by the authorities. What keeps us going?

Now, I admire it, I don’t however agree with it.

Novel Medicine: Cancer Ward, Alexander Solzhenitsyn

I was reading this book with a couple of other books and the other books kept winning out. What keeps us moral? He subsequently aleksandt a recurrence, received radiotherapy in Tashkent, and recovered.

He praises his arrogant daughter, but severely criticizes his son for showing stirrings of humanity. So, this is not quite a joyous, fluffy marshmallow, look at the cute puppies, feel good frolic through a meadow.


In the end Kostoglotov boards a train to the site of his “eternal” exile: The cancer is kind of a metaphore for the totalitarian system. Is freedom truly freedom if you cannot follow your passions?

You may disagree, but I have a prediction to make: You think that these characters have lived through sieges and war and exiles and now this horrible disease and you still see them grasping at the hope that it’s not what it is or what it could be.

Keep Exploring Britannica Bob Dylan. One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich Reading it from beginning to end gives you the full picture of the health care field and the point of view of everyone who’s involved. And so is the second chapter of the ‘cancer ward’ entitled. Like any well crafted allegory, there’s multiple layers and threads. See with the eyes of those people you share your country with and your communities with. Archived from the original on March 31, View all 6 comments.

Like Solzhenitsyn, the main character, the Russian Oleg Kostoglotov, spent time in a labour camp as a “counter-revolutionary” before being exiled to Central Asia under Article Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Novel, an invented prose narrative of considerable length and a certain complexity that deals imaginatively with human experience, usually through a connected sequence of events involving a group of persons in a specific setting.

Recognize that what Solzehitsyn was rightly condemning in the Soviet Union is something we would be right to condemn in Canada and the U. A range of characters are depicted, including those who benefited from Stalinismresisted or acquiesced.

In his musings during the past few weeks Vadim had discovered an important and at first glance paradoxical point: Once banned in Soviet Russia, the book is buried by the many years since its publication.