Cutting for Stone Setting & Symbolism

Abraham Verghese
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Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa is the capital of Ethiopia, and the major setting of the novel. Throughout the course of the story, the government in Addis Ababa undergoes major political change as the Eritrean Liberation Movement struggles to overthrow the Emperor, to much political and personal devastation in the city.

Missing Hospital

Missing Hospital is the hospital where Marion and Shivaare born, and where they grow up. This hospital is the only hospital in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. There are only two doctors who work here, Dr. Hema and Dr. Ghosh, after Dr. Stone unexpectedly abandons the hospital in the wake of Sister Mary Praise's death.

The Calangute

The Calangute is the ship that Sister Mary Praise takes from India to Africa. It is aboard this ship that many passengers faell ill with typhus and die, including her best friend, Sister Anjali. It is also aboard...

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