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"The Cancer Ward" recommended reading

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Alexandra
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The Cancer Ward is a semi-autobiographical novel by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, first published in 1967, and banned in the Soviet Union in 1968. The novel tells the story of a small group of terminal patients in the hospital "cancer Wing # 13" in 1955 in the post-Stalinist Soviet Union.

This is not an easy beach read by any means; but it is the most moving and life-affirming book, the perfect balance of depression and hope. I read The Cancer Ward in Russian for the first time 30 years ago; I read it again last year after I got diagnosed and I enjoyed it much more from a totally different perspective.

Download free PDF file in English: http://www.2shared.com/document/mF9JPEkQ/The_Cancer_Ward_-_by_Aleksandr.html or buy it on amazon.com.

Text in Russian (Раковый Корпус) for Zina: http://lib.ru/PROZA/SOLZHENICYN/rk.txt

In chapter 11 (Cancer of the birch tree) the author describes a natural cancer cure used in Russia and Scandinavia for centuries - chaga mushroom. If anyone is interested - I have been buying it off http://www.oriveda.com/chaga.php

 

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lovesanimals
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I was just thinking the other day how little I read these days.  The book sounds interesting and intriguing.  I may just try it this summer.

By the way, your new picture of a "little Alexandra" is really sweet - you were a cutey-pie!

Kelly

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Alexandra
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We all were cute kids. Then life happened Cry

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zinaida
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Сашенька, спасибо вам бальшое за ссылку.  Я с удовольствием буду читать. Сашенька, я хочу сказать дo чего же вы удивительный, хороший человек!  Дай Бог вам хорошего самочувствия и, если бы было возможно, полного выздоровления, с уважением, Зина.  :)

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Alexandra
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Не сдавайтесь. Новые лекарства выходят каждый день. Все будет хорошо, просто Вы верьте.
Обнимите вашу кошку Sarry от меня и отличных выходных!

Целую, Саша

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zinaida
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Thanks, Alexandra! :)

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