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This is an auction for WARD 7 by Valery Tarsis. review:

“In the early 1960s Valery Tarsis was placed in a mental institution in the Soviet Union as a result of his novel The Bluebottle being published in the West. Ward 7 is a semi-autobiographical novel of his experience and that of the other 'patients' who were caught up in this system because of their opposition to Communism. What makes this book more horrifying than Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest is that it is real."

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"Valery Yakovlevich Tarsis (1906-1983) was a Russian writer, literary critic, and translator. He was highly critical of the communist regime... Tarsis grew disillusioned with Communism in the 1950s. The publication abroad of his scathing 1962 novel The Bluebottle earned him an eight-month stay in a Soviet mental hospital, an experience he described in Ward 7, one of the first literary works to deal with the political abuse of psychiatry in the Soviet Union. Tarsis implies that it is the doctors who were mad, whereas the patients were completely sane, although unsuited to a life of slavery. In Ward 7 individuals are not cured, but persistently maimed; the hospital was a jail and the doctors were gaolers and police spies. Most of the doctors knew nothing about psychiatry, but made diagnoses arbitrarily and gave all patients the same medication — the anti-psychotic drug aminozin..."

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Hardback 1965.

159 pages.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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