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Transplanted Man: A Novel
by Sanjay Nigam
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0060512156, Paperback)Sonny Seth is a resident at a hospital in New York's Little India. One night a truly unique patient arrives: Transplanted Man, an Indian politician whose body "harbored seven organs--a heart, a pancreas, a liver, two lungs, and a pair of corneas--that had once belonged to people of differing faiths." Transplanted Man has turned his seeming disability to his advantage and has become an important minister in the Indian cabinet: "In an India coping with ethnic and religious fragmentation, no other politician could so credibly claim to represent everyone." Sanjay Nigam's Transplanted Man is like the title character's body: it contains multitudes. There's the brilliant Sonny Seth himself, unsure of where he belongs, uncomfortable in New York but doomed to find India is "too Indian" for him. Seth and his hospital coworkers are plenty eccentric, but their patients outstrip them in weirdness altogether. One engineer, for instance, changes the course of his life by sinking his teeth into his wife's buttock. Nigam (a doctor and the author of The Snake Charmer) crams his second novel with medical lore, Indian scents, and lots of comic angst. The result is a book as teeming with life as the corridors of a great metropolitan hospital. --Claire Dederer
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Sonny Seth is a brilliant but rebellious medical resident at a New York City hospital that services a community of eccentric expatriates from India. His most demanding patient and trusted confidant - known only as the Transplanted Man - is a deathly ill but amusingly wise high-level Indian government official whose major organs have been transplanted at least once. Trying to solve his patient's ballooning afflictions, Sonny faces demons of his own in a soul-searching journey that delves into questions about East and West, the meaning of expatriation, and life itself. Along the way, Sonny becomes involved with Gwen, a bibliophilic English nurse who seeks stability from a life driven by impulse.
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