Night Theater

A Novel
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Author(s): Vikram Paralkar
Original Publish Date: Jan 14, 2020
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Product Number: Z100156972
Released: Jan 14, 2020
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ISBN: #9781684578894
Narrator/s: Raj Ghatak
Publisher: Highbridge Company
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A surgeon flees a scandal in the city and accepts a job at a village clinic. He buys antibiotics out of pocket, squashes roaches, and chafes at the interventions of the corrupt officer who oversees his work. But his outlook on life changes one night when a teacher, his pregnant wife, and their young son appear. Killed in a violent robbery, they tell the surgeon that they have been offered a second chance at living if the surgeon can mend their wounds before sunrise. So begins a night of quiet work, "as if the crickets had been bribed," during which the surgeon realizes his future is tied more closely to that of the dead family than he could have imagined. By dawn, he and his assistant have gained knowledge no mortal should have. In this inventive novel charged with philosophical gravity and sly humor, Vikram Paralkar takes on the practice of medicine in a time when the right to health care is frequently challenged. Engaging earthly injustice and imaginaries of the afterlife, he asks how we might navigate corrupt institutions to find a moral center. Encompassing social criticism and magically unreal drama, Night Theater is a first novel as satisfying for its existential inquiry as for its enthralling story of a skeptical physician who arrives at a greater understanding of life's miracles.

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Night Theater
Product Number: BX00283129
Product Number:Z100156972
Product Number:DD49160

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Author(s): Vikram Paralkar
Narrator(s): Raj Ghatak
Product Number DD49160
Released: Jan 14, 2020
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Highbridge Company
ISBN: #9781684578900

Professional reviews

"This fast-paced and deftly narrated medical thriller-cum-parable packs an emotional punch with a side of gore. Raj Ghatak narrates the story of a surgeon in rural India who one night is visited by a murdered family of three. The undead visitors come to the surgeon with a desperate request, and over the course of the long night, a series of decisions is made and secrets are revealed. The story is atmospheric and at times creepy. Paralkar plays up its mythological leanings while also commenting on social and political corruption. The characters are complex and compelling, and Ghatak deftly handles the large amount of dialogue. His captivating narration skillfully carries this visceral story. S.N. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine"