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576 pages, Paperback
First published January 1, 1967
“In the midst of life we are in death.”
There are people with eyes who choose to be blind, and there are people who breathe, but consider themselves dead.Like a true virtuoso Solzhenitsyn paints with so much dexterity, using only the easel of his narrative technique, the lifeless existence in a gulag in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich , capturing in utter lucidity a day in the life of an imprisoned man forced into a labor camp. In Cancer Ward, he put these so called imprisoned men, both literally and figuratively vis-a-vis with the people, whose sheer blindness contributed to even greater extent to their perpetual ordeal. Solzhenitsyn puts all of them in the same footing, using cancer as God's Sacred equalizer, and death as a Divine declaration of equality...