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Раковый Корпус

One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet pol

  • Title: Раковый Корпус
  • Author: Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
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  • Page: 451
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  • One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature, Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the cancerous Soviet police state.

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    1. Pain in its purest form! At the time when I first read this, I didn't know much of the Soviet Union, or of writers' fate within that state, or of cancer and its silent, treacherous spread in secret weak spots of the body. 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. The ensuing problem - nightmares I could not talk about, as I had read the book in s [...]

    2. Do I remember the Cold War? You bet I do. I think about it every day. It is as fundamental a part of my upbringing -- as defining of me as Catholicism, American Patriotism, Canadian Anti-Americanism, homophobia, abuse and bisexuality.It wasn't just something that was happening in the world. In my household, with an American father, a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran (he was a Coastie who was all set to go to Vietnam with U.S. Coast Guard Squadron One -- and wanted to go -- when the U.S. finally pulled o [...]

    3. Scene: Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Central Asia, in the old Soviet Union, two years after the death of the brutal dictator, Stalin (1955). Oleg Kostoglotov is lying on the floor of a provincial hospital, at the entrance to the cancer ward, which is unpromising named , the 13th wing, looking up at the cold ceiling, his dead eyes stare. He can't get admitted until a space is available, but a vacancy will arrive soon, he feels death near. Meanwhile stoic Kostoglotov, a survivor of the infamous Gulag, and [...]

    4. Like the blood transfusion Kostoglotov received from Gangard, I literally felt this book flow through my veins. I was wary of the injection at the beginning, a bit numb in the middle and completely intoxicated toward the end.In fact, I think this might be the best piece of literature I have come across so far in my life.First of all - the characters. Despite being confined to the same small space and sharing a common fate, they are very colourful, different from each other and interesting in the [...]

    5. Cancer Ward hmmm… Oh, Cancer Ward…. What was I expecting from you? Certainly not a frolicky day in the park… no Maurice Chevalier dance routines. Nope. I can’t say I was duped. Cancer sucks. Hell, I’m not spouting some fresh angle on an old dictum. Just nod and agree, folks. Most of us have had some dealings with it, some more than others… it’s one of the nastiest things out there… rots you from the inside out, leaves you to dwell on things left unaccomplished and fills your head [...]

    6. Exceptional and ingenious piece of writing,"Cancer Ward" Terribly terrific, Painstakingly beautiful, One more, later on, later on. Keeping the review aside, let me say first, 'Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn' is one of the greatest literary craftsman & he 'Must Be Read'.Before saying anything else let me confess this man is my another favorite Russian writer. 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 those har [...]

    7. A man of no talent craves long life, yet Epicurus had once observed that a fool, if offered eternity, would not know what to do with it.Cancer Ward (CW) consciously strives for the epic, readily aware of the distance between itself and the baggy monsters of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky and yet sways in the limitations of the material especially in moral terms. Unlike Europe after the Shoah, the Soviet experiment had different questions to ask itself after Stalin's death. Caught almost in the sway of s [...]

    8. "Well, what have we here? Another nice little cancer!""The hard lump of his tumor—unexpected, meaningless and quite without use—had dragged him in like a fish on a hook and flung him onto this iron bed—a narrow, mean bed, with creaking springs and an apology for a mattress."Solzhenitsyn writes beautifully about human physical, moral, social, and political conditions; over-layering each consideration one upon the other. His books do not depress me, I find them powerful and hopeful documents [...]

    9. This book is just so human. Dostoevsky said about Victor Hugo's The Last Day of a Condemned Man, "Absolutely the most read and truthful of everything that Hugo wrote." Without being arrogant and just my strong opinion as a reader, Cancer Ward has to be the most human and honest book by Solzhenitsyn. There are scenes where if we look into our heart, we would do or feel the same thing, I'm sure of it. Solzhenitsyn included so many aspects of what makes us human and puts them into a mere few hundre [...]

    10. Finally, a Russian book that I REALLY liked! This is an extremely well written, slow paced story of the daily life of patients and employees at a cancer ward somewhere in an Asian Soviet republic in 1954, with the soviet mindset, customs, oppression and resignation, coupled with fear of death. Wonderfully interesting!

    11. Cancer Ward is like all the other greats of Russian literature: Dense, passionate and rewarding. This truly beautiful novel is, to me, the best Russian novel of the twentieth century, and Solzhenitsyn is one of Russia's greatest writers ever to have lived.

    12. As the cliche goes, money is the root of all evil, and many would agree that indeed it is. On the contrary, it contradicts the essence of what had become human living since time immemorial. As human living immersed itself voluntarily in the deep dark materiality of existence, as it is beleaguered by the sensual pleasures of physicality. In truth, the want of money is only a direct object. It appears only as the end goal to attain the inexhaustible, human yearning for material happiness. This bur [...]

    13. سولژنیتسن در کتاب بخش سرطان تلاش می کند وضعیت اسفبار شوروی را توصیف کند. او از زبان شخصیت های داستان به ویژه اولگ از اردوگاه های کار اجباری، خفقان و بی عدالتی ها می گوید. از وضعیتی می گوید که همچون یک غده سرطانی تمامی مردم را به شکل های مختلف در برگرفته است. روسانف به عنوان یکی ا [...]

    14. I loved this book about life as is and how it should not be. It's a very sad story and somehow the ending left me with broken heart.

    15. Review en rating volgen als ik deel 2 gelezen heb en het boek echt uit is.Toch alvast een anekdote.In het begin van het eerste jaar aan de unief zat ik in de aula naast een jongen die een praatje met mij wou maken. Ergens kwam de conversatie uit op boeken en lezen. Ik zei hem dat ik graag las. "Oh ja, wat dan?" vroeg hij. Ik weet niet meer wat ik precies geantwoord heb, maar zijn reactie was: "Ah, fictie dus," waarna hij zich wegdraaide en zo de conversatie beëindigde.Dit misprijzen van non-fic [...]

    16. This work of Russian literature -which is quite epic in scope-deals with many themes.It is set in a clinic in Soviet ruled Uzbekistan for cancer patients ,in the mid 1950's ,shortly after the death of Joseph Stalin.It deals with the personal stories and lives of many different charactersThere are parallels between the cancer that ravages the bodies of the dying patients and the cancer of Communism that ravaged the once proud Russia.The hero of the novel is Oleg Kostolgotov who has gone from bein [...]

    17. The greyness of the cancer theme (it's set in a cancer ward) is just like a mirroring backdrop for the Soviet Union that it showcases. Vignettes of the lives of patients, doctors, nurses and others; from the high-ranking and staunch Soviet bureaucrat Rusanov to the poor exile Kostoglotov, it breaks their political and ideological positions down to their narrower human concerns and desires, such as the materialism of Rusanov's home that he enjoys, or Kostoglotov's desire for a woman that takes up [...]

    18. Remekdjelo. Naići na ovakvu knjigu je kao i naići na biser u školjci. Jedna u tisuću. Svaka stranica priča za sebe koja te tjera na razmišljanje i sagledavanje životnih prioriteta iz sasvim drugih uglova.Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn je jedini rus kojeg sam mogao pročitati do kraja a moja ga žena naprosto obožava. Skoro smo i sina nazvali po njemu :)

    19. 当暴力上台时,它对人们大喊:“我是暴力,快让开!”人们于是惊恐、惧怕并躲让暴力但是久而久之,人们知道暴力不过如此,不管它如何大发淫威,或者,即使在受到伤害前也已知道如何避免和对抗它,所以人们不再惊恐和惧怕它了暴力觉得这样下去不是个办法,于是它就和谎言成了好朋友

    20. So, this is not quite a joyous, fluffy marshmallow, look at the cute puppies, feel good frolic through a meadow. Which, in fairness, the title does go a long way to dispelling any thoughts you might be harbouring on that front! What it is, is a hard hitting allegory about the Soviet Union and the chaos it was in, trying to 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. Read literally- it's a l [...]

    21. I enjoyed the allegorical nature of this book.However, the characterization was what struck me most.Particularly hat of Dontsova with whom I deeply identified, who fights a disease in others regardless of cost; but is humbled by that self- same illness.The following two quotes were, for me particularly evocative:"We are so attached to the earth and yet we are incapable of holding on to it""Sometimes I feel quite distinctly that what is inside of me is not all of me. There's something else, subli [...]

    22. Gelukkig heb ik me niet laten tegenhouden door de niet zo wervende titel, de Russische naam van de auteur en het feit dat de Nederlandse uitgave van dit boek dateert uit de jaren stillekes, want dit boek is niet minder dan een pareltje.Met hele fijne lijnen beschrijft de auteur de patiënten (en ook en passant wat familieleden, verplegers/verpleegsters en dokters) die tesamen in één kamer liggen in de kankerafdeling van een Russisch ziekenhuis. Het boek speelt zich af twee jaren na Stalins doo [...]

    23. There's something sobering about this novel.Weighing in at over 500 pages and easily the heaviest thing in my bag, Cancer Ward would seem to come to a definite conclusion, be it comforting or disturbing, by its denouement. But Solzhenitsyn offers nothing of the sort. Rather, we must revel in the beautiful ambiguity of this novel, and, in so doing, revel in the often frustrating, poignant, and somber ambiguity of life. This novel is at once both a metaphorical critique of Soviet Russia as well as [...]

    24. I was slow to pick this one up, "After all," I thought, "how interesting can a book be about a ward full of cancer patients?" The answer is very interesting. This is an excellent book. It is a remarkable contrast to the epic fictional works of his that I've read of his. It is intimate, romantic, personal, and tragic. I heartily recommend this book.

    25. يك اثر نهصد صفحه اي از يك نويسنده ي روسي كه حوادث آن در بخش سرطان يك بيمارستان دور افتاده رخ مي دهد، زمان وقوع اثر بعد مرگ استالين بوده و همه ي بيماران علاوه ي غده اي كه در جسم خود دارند، زخم خورده ي حوادث سياسي زمان خود هستند. در اين بيمارستان تبعيدي ها در و صاحبان مقامات دولتي د [...]

    26. Istinski velika knjiga. Kroz pacijente i osoblje odjela za rak odslikava se Rusija (SSSR) u doba Staljina. Pošto je knjiga poluautobiografska, pitala sam se što je fikcija a što stvarnost. Protkana je sa toliko mnogo prelijepih misli o životu, smrti, sreći Knjiga koja tjera na razmišljanje.

    27. This was my second Solzhenitsyn. My first was One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, upon which I wrote a frustrating and rather dull essay entitled 'Past and Present in the Works of Solzhenitsyn and Chekhov', or something of that genre. I liked Ivan, as we affectionately termed it, I thought it a brave and fascinating insight into Stalinist Russia and the power of will and work and the human condition and so on and so forth. But I wouldn't say that it particularly convinced me that Solzhenitsy [...]

    28. In this novel Solsjenitsyn is above all a Russian writer: lots of characters (patients, doctors, nurses in the cancer ward of a hospital, somewhere in Central Asia, in the mid-50's, in full Soviet era). He takes his time to describe some of these characters in full, and through them he brings up existential, political and social questions. Let's say he offers a mix of Tolstoi and Dostojevski, although he is less whirling and feverish than those two classic models.The construction of the novel is [...]

    29. The novel is more than a simple tale of Communist Russia. The questions it asks, on happiness, the value of life etc. are just as prominent and relevant in modern Western society as they where in Stalinist Russia.This makes the book quite refreshing. It isn't like many novels on this period which are told to shock and fascinate the Western reader. It doesn't spend its time enumerating the ridiculous and cruel. Though some of those aspects are there they are presented more subtly, as a part of ev [...]

    30. Niente da fare, i romanzieri russi hanno una loro marcia speciale, l'equivalente letterario delle facoltà extrasensoriali, e riescono a scrivere storie che sono allo stesso tempo dipinti e hanno la pregnanza della verità più vera.Questo è vero per il grande Tolstoj, per Gogol, per Bulgakov e in modo particolare per Solzenicyn.Reparto C, o Padiglione Cancro, come è titolato in alcune edizioni, è un moderno Guerra e Pace, e non a caso, nel dialogo, le vivissime personalità (personaggi sareb [...]

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