A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

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A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

Random House Of Canada | February 4, 2014 | Trade Paperback

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of the Atlantic''s emerging writer contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbour a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.
     In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, 8-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbour Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of 5 dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.
     With The English Patient''s dramatic sweep and The Tiger''s Wife''s expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.01 × 5.19 × 1.09 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362639

ISBN - 13: 9780307362636

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Started as a four. Ended absolutely as a five! Being replete with spoilers, there's not a great deal to say about the story. Other than the sheer elegance of its construction, the raw beauty of its sentiment, and the emotional sucker punches of its endings. Anthony Marra channels the spirit of Russian literature: the miseries of history and fate, the glory of the individual, the love-hate bonds of family. All wrapped up in an understated little novel that affirms your doubts about humanity before turning around to crush those doubts with the infinite bounds of human goodness. Just like the imaginary lines that connect the dots of the constellations, life is fragile and ambiguous and Marra's book is the perfect study of life's constellation of vital phenomena. For while the dots of our lives may seemingly always be falling apart, they are actually rendered indissoluble by invisibly powerful forces around us.
Date published: 2014-12-08

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A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

by Anthony Marra

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 416 pages, 8.01 × 5.19 × 1.09 in

Published: February 4, 2014

Publisher: Random House Of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362639

ISBN - 13: 9780307362636

From the Publisher

Stegner Fellow, Iowa MFA, and winner of the Atlantic''s emerging writer contest, Anthony Marra has written a brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbour a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.
     In the final days of December 2004, in a small rural village in Chechnya, 8-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbour Akhmed to the bombed-out hospital, where Sonya, the one remaining doctor, treats a steady stream of wounded rebels and refugees. Over the course of 5 dramatic days, Akhmed and Sonya reach back into their pasts to unravel the intricate mystery of coincidence, betrayal and forgiveness that unexpectedly binds them and decides their fate.
     With The English Patient''s dramatic sweep and The Tiger''s Wife''s expert sense of place, Marra gives us a searing debut about the transcendent power of love in wartime, and how it can cause us to become greater than we ever thought possible.

About the Author

ANTHONY MARRA is currently a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, with an MFA from the University of Iowa Writers'' Workshop. He''s won a Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers'' Award, the Prairie Lights Fiction Prize and first place in the Atlantic''s emerging writers'' contest and in Narrative''s short story contest.

Editorial Reviews

INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER #1 Indie Next List Pick An O, The Oprah Magazine Debut Novel to Pick Up Now FINALIST 2013 – Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize LONGLISTED 2013 – National Book Award WINNER 2013 – NBCC John Leonard Prize FINALIST 2014 – Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Award LONGLISTED 2014 – PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize "Anthony Marra''s fine debut novel reaches tenderly, unflinchingly into the centre of Chechen conflict of the late 1990s. This tale has its roots in shocking brutality, and its beauty in the human redemption that can come from unaccountable human kindness. Whimsies of circumstance, fate, and the ties of family and faith serve to guide the reader and the characters through a richly layered and deeply beautiful journey." —Vincent Lam, author of The Headmaster''s Wager "Powerful, convincing, beautifully realized--it''s hard to believe that A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a first novel. Anthony Marra is a writer to watch and savor." —T.C. Boyle, New York Times bestselling author of When the Killing''s Done and The Women “The book encompasses torture, infidelity, heartbreak and human trafficking, but also love, friendship, family and humour. Marra doesn’t gloss over the horrors of the Chechen wars. But he doesn’t dwell either, and despite the subject matter, this is not an exclusively dark book. In his afterword, Marra acknowledges a debt to Michael Ondaatje. Like Ondaatje’s
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