Cancer Ward

SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. Cancer Ward.

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SOLZHENITSYN, Alexander. Cancer Ward London: The Bodley Head, 1968-69.

Two volumes. 8vo. Original blue boards, with lettering to spine in gilt; original black and red dust wrappers (not price-clipped); pp. [viii], 338, [6]; [viii], 279; light fading on spines and rubbing to front panels; slight tear to head of spine of first volume, two short marginal tears of dust wrapper of the second volume; light rubbing to flap hinges; a very good copy.
First UK edition. This edition is translated from the Russian by Nicholas Bethell and David Burg. After writing a letter criticising Joseph Stalin in 1945, Solzhenitsyn was arrested and exiled to Central Russia. The novel was originally circulated in Russia via samizdat ('self-published') literature in 1966, after Solzhenitsyn was denied official publication of his works in 1963, due to the tightening of ideological structures on cultural activity in the Soviet Union. Cancer Ward is based on Solzhenitsyn's own hospitalisation and successful treatment of his terminally diagnosed cancer during his forced exile in Kazakhstan in the 1950s. He later went on to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1970. (Encyclopaedia Britannica).