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Cancer Ward].
Il Saggiatore Milano 1968 - Octavo (18.5 x 12 cm). 320 pp; some pages slightly browned. Publisher's printed wrappers; very lightly soiled. Fine copy of the first edition of the literary masterpiece, which together with Solzhenitsin's earlier works brought him the Nobel Prize in 1970. "Solzhenitsyn based Cancer Ward on his own experiences of being treated for cancer in Tashkent after he had been freed from the Gulag. The work was written between 1963 and 1967 and Solzhenitsyn had originally hoped that it would be published in the Soviet Union. Novyi Mir accepted the work and printed off galley proofs for the first eight chapters in 1967, but in the end it proved too controversial. Cancer Ward was widely circulated in samizdat and eventually copies reached the West where editions were issued by several different publishers. There are significant textual differences between the different tamizdat editions. The Milanese edition of Cancer Ward contains just over half the novel; a second volume was envisaged but never printed. Despite being incomplete it is still considered to be the first publication. The author is listed as "Anonymous", presumably in order to protect Solzhenitsyn from any possible repercussions. The publishing information in the book states that it was printed in February 1968, but it likely came out in March or April. Very rare." (Matthew). T. Mathew, A guide to the Russian editions of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's major works. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books]
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