Night Theater

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5.5 X 8.2 X 0.9 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Vikram Paralkar was born and raised in Mumbai. Author of a previous book, The Afflictions, he is a physician-scientist at the University of Pennsylvania, where he treats patients with leukemia and researches the disease. He lives in Philadelphia.


An American Booksellers Association Indie Next Selection

A bizarre, surreal story about a doctor in a small Indian village who must operate on the corpses of three people before sunrise so that they can come back to life. Despite this synopsis, it's no Frankenstein tale and functions as a quiet, philosophical exercise. --Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Washington Post

Paralkar does know how to construct some beautiful lines, just like the opening one. Really, there are too many to quote. He sows lovely lines like someone might sow wildflowers; they're all over the place. At his best, Paralkar also evokes a vivid sense of place, and his knowledge of medical procedures--he's a physician--also shows during the detailed surgical scenes. It's in those moments that Night Theater really blooms . . . First lines may be fun, but even better are writers who manage to intrigue you. --Siliva Moreno-Garcia, NPR

Set in rural India, Paralkar's Night Theater is a medical drama that veers into the unearthly . . . This book braids philosophy, magical realism, and the complicated facts of health care in the modern age into a compact and compelling story. --BuzzFeed, 1 of 15 Small Press Books to Kick Off Your Reading Season

A focused, tension-filled, hard-to-put-down story. The world is magical from the start, with its undead walking and talking, but it is also so grounded in the medical workings of these surgeries . . . One of my favorite reads of recent years. --Sarah Blake, The Rumpus

A great mix of creepy ghost story, medical drama, gory body stuff, murder mystery, spiritualism, and parable-esque commentary on humanity and the failings of government . . . One-sitting read for a dark night.--Electric Literature

Paralkar merges folklore and fable, meditative commentary and meticulous detail . . . Paralkar, a physician-scientist, melds medical realism and metaphysical debate, wry humor and somber observations to create a riveting and intriguing tale. --Booklist

A wildly surreal novel . . . Written by an actual physician-scientist, Night Theater dredges up ethical/existential questions and a whole lot of wonder. --Katie Yee, Literary Hub, One of the Most Anticipated Books of the Year

Otherworldly . . . [Paralkar's] prose is sharp and melodious, and within these enchanting passages is a haunting contemplation of life, death, the liminal space in between, and the dogged search for resurrection . . . A beguiling and unforgettable fable.--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Fablelike tale that melds the philosophical with the corporeal . . . Paralkar's novel underscores the arbitrary nature of death, the fact that one can neither prepare for it nor, perhaps, cheat one's way out of it . . . Grotesque, strange, and hopeful in turns, the novel will leave readers marveling at the mysteries of death--and the wonders of life. --Publishers Weekly

Paralkar's story is deeply philosophical and digs into the reasons that surgeons, who work at the brink of death, fight so hard for their patients. What makes the story so compelling is that while surgeons carry the power of life and death in their hands, they are fundamentally human, just like their patients. --Neha Patel, Book Riot

Yes, Night Theater is an exquisite fable about what we need and what we want, and a beautiful meditation on what it means to be alive. But it reads like an urgent thriller, full of characters pumping with blood and guts, twisting and turning and twisting again. This novel actually kept me up all night and then some. --Aja Gabel, author of The Ensemble