New Cover: Alexandre Soljenitsyne, Le pavillon des cancéreux.



New French Book Cover:  Alexandre Soljenitsyne, Le pavillon des cancéreux. (The Cancer Ward)


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Cancer Ward (Russian: Раковый Корпус, Rakovy Korpus) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Russian author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, winner of the 1970 Nobel Prize in Literature.[1] Completed in 1966.

Cancer Ward tells the story of a small group of patients in Ward 13, the cancer ward of a hospital in Soviet Central Asia in 1955, two years after Joseph Stalin‘s death. A range of characters are depicted, including those who benefited from Stalinism, resisted or acquiesced. Like Solzhenitsyn, the main character, the Russian Oleg Kostoglotov, spent time in a labour camp as a “counter-revolutionary,” before being exiled to Central Asia under Article 58.

The story explores the moral responsibility of those implicated in Stalin’s Great Purge (1936–1938), when millions were killed, sent to camps or exiled. One patient worries that a man he helped to jail will seek revenge, while others fear that their failure to resist renders them as guilty as any other. “You haven’t had to do much lying, do you understand? …” one patient tells Kostoglotov. “You people were arrested, but we were herded into meetings to ‘expose’ you. They executed people like you, but they made us stand up and applaud the verdicts … And not just applaud, they made us demand the firing squad, demand it!”[6]

Toward the end of the novel, Kostoglotov realizes that the damage done was too great, that there will be no healing now that Stalin has gone. As with cancer, there may be periods of remission but no escape.[7] On the day of his release from the hospital, he visits a zoo, seeing in the animals people he knew: “[D]eprived of their home surroundings, they had lost the idea of rational freedom. It would only make things harder for them, suddenly to set them free.”[8]

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Der tödliche Countdown läuft Am Silvestermorgen feuert in Washington, D.C. ein Unbekannter in einer U-Bahn- Station wild in die Menge und tötet 23 Menschen. Kurz darauf fordert der Drahtzieher »Digger« in einem Erpresserbrief 20 Millionen Dollar, andernfalls findet bis Mitternacht alle vier Stunden ein weiteres Blutbad statt. Als der einzige Kontaktmann Diggers bei einem Verkehrsunfall stirbt, kann nur noch einer dem FBI helfen: Handschriftenexperte Kincaid Parker, der mithilfe des Erpresserbriefs Digger auf die Spur kommen soll. Parker wollte seinen Kindern zuliebe eigentlich Abstand von der Verbrecherjagd gewinnen, doch nun wird er bald selbst zur Zielscheibe eines skrupellosen Killers …

The deadly countdown On New Year’s morning fires in Washington, D.C. a stranger in a metro station wildly into the crowd, killing 23 people. Shortly thereafter, the mastermind calls “Digger” in a ransom note $ 20 million otherwise takes until midnight every four hours another bloodbath. As the only contact Man Diggers dies in a traffic accident, only can still help the FBI: handwriting expert Kincaid Parker who is to come on the track using the blackmailer Briefs Digger. Parker wanted his children’s sake actually get away from the manhunt, but now he will soon find themselves the target of a ruthless killer …