By Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Cancer Ward examines the connection of a gaggle of individuals within the melanoma ward of a provincial Soviet clinic in 1955, years after Stalin's loss of life. We see them less than basic conditions, and in addition reexamined on the 11th hour of ailment. jointly they characterize a notable cross-section of latest Russian characters and attitudes. The studies of the primary personality, Oleg Kostoglotov, heavily replicate the author's personal: Solzhenitsyn himself grew to become a sufferer in a melanoma ward within the mid-1950s, on his free up from a hard work camp, and later recovered. Translated via Nicholas Bethell and David Burg.
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His things were scattered over the window sill and the bedside table, and his bed was all rumpled. His forehead and temples were covered in perspiration, and his yellow face reflected the pain writhing inside him. Sometimes he stood on the floor, bent double, leaning his elbows against the bed. At other times he would seize his stomach in both hands and fold his whole body around them. For many days he had not even answered the questions people asked him. He said nothing about himself. He used his powers of speech only for begging extra medicine from the nurses and doctors.
Why didn’t you move earlier to a more civilized place? ” She let go of the book. “Oh yes, there was a gynecologist. ” Zoya gasped in amazement. ” “On the contrary, there aren’t enough. There are two gynecologists but no other doctors of any kind. There aren’t any laboratories either. It’s impossible to get a blood test done. I had a blood count. ” “God, what a nightmare! And then you take it upon yourself to decide whether you should be treated or not. ” It was as if Kostoglotov had suddenly come to, as if the whole gay tug-of-war with the book had been a dream and he was now returning to his normal self, with his hard face and his slow way of speaking.
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