Abraham Verghese Cutting For Stone


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The multi-million copy bestseller from the author of Oprah’s Book Club pick The Covenant of Water.

Two surgeon brothers begin life in Ethiopia and face forbidden love, betrayal and murder in this enthralling saga that spans five decades and three continents.

'A huge, rich, ambitious tapestry of a novel...tremendous' The Times

'My brother, Shiva, and I came into the world in the late afternoon of the twentieth of September in the year of grace 1954. We took our first breaths in the thick air of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Bound by birth, we were driven apart by bitter betrayal. No surgeon can heal the wound that would that divides two brothers. Where silk and steel fail, story must succeed'

'There is a gravity and beauty in his writing that sets it apart from much contemporary fiction' Daily Telegraph


About the Author

Abraham Verghese, MD, MACP, is Professor and Linda R. Meier and Joan F. Lane Provostial Professor, and Vice Chair for the Theory and Practice of Medicine at the School of Medicine at Stanford University. He is also a best-selling author and a physician with a reputation for his focus on healing in an era where technology often overwhelms the human side of medicine. He received the Heinz Award in 2014 and was awarded the National Humanities Medal, presented by President Barack Obama, in 2015.

In his writing and work, Abraham Verghese continues to emphasize the importance of bedside medicine and physical examination in an era of advanced medical technology. He contends that the patient in the bed often gets less
attention than the patient data in the computer. His December 2008 article in the New England Journal of Medicine, “Culture Shock: Patient as Icon, Icon as Patient,” clearly lays out his viewpoint.

Speaking about his novel, Cutting for Stone, he also addressed the issue: “I wanted the reader to see how entering medicine was a passionate quest, a romantic pursuit, a spiritual calling, a privileged yet hazardous undertaking. It’s a view of medicine I don’t think too many young people see in the West because, frankly, in the sterile hallways of modern medical-industrial complexes, where physicians and nurses are hunkered down behind computer monitors, and patients are whisked off here and there for all manner of tests, that side of medicine gets lost.”

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This huge, rich, ambitious tapestry of a novel makes insomnia a pleasure...tremendous.The Times
There is a gravity and beauty in his writing that sets it apart from much contemporary fiction. Daily Telegraph
Tremendous, compassionate, exuberant. Independent
The reader feels there really is something at stake - birth, love, death, war, loyalty.Guardian
Tremendousm compassionate, exuberant. Michael Bywater, Independent.


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