Cancer Ward
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By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

fiction | 544 pages | Published in 1991

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.

ISBN_13:9781466839601
ISBN_10:1466839600

Quotes

The weak are always afraid of the strong.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Life had stopped, and felt like a pause, while inside everything was burning.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Love is no utopia, it is a giving man's land.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Death is an insult if there isn't a meaning.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

One cannot give up believing in something.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Hope is necessary in order to live.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

The world must be endured.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Everything's wearisome when you take it too close, life's dreary when you look too near, and momentous happenings are hollow as papier-mache.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Suffering is given us, not to be explained, but to be endured.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Pride is a beast that feeds on attention.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn