A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony MarraA Constellation Of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

byAnthony Marra

Hardcover | September 25, 2013

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In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches as her father is abducted by Russian soldiers. Their neighbor Akhmed takes Havaa to the bombed-out hospital of Sonja Rabina, a weary and talented doctor. Sonja has no desire to take on more responsibility and risk - there's someone of her own whose return she doesn't want to jeopardize. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis.
Anthony Marra graduated from the University of Southern California with a BA, and the Iowa Writers Workshop with an MFA. He is 2011-2013 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Marra has contributed pieces to The Atlantic, Narrative Magazine, and MAKE Magazine. Anthony Marra's short story "Chechnya" won a 2010 Pushcart Prize and the 201...
Title:A Constellation Of Vital PhenomenaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:606 pages, 8.6 × 5.7 × 1.1 inPublished:September 25, 2013Publisher:Thorndike PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1410462048

ISBN - 13:9781410462046

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fine and worth the read for the background info, but a bit disappointing. This book was meant to be touching, but I never found myself invested in any of the characters. I learned a bit about the brutality in Chechnya - the writing was well-executed - but I found the characters rather flat which is unfortunate given the rest of the novel.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A worthwhile ending The beginning of the story captures you right away, just as the above description tells you, an 8 year old girl is, who sees her father captured, is found and protected by her neighbour... I found beyond that until close to the end a somewhat difficult read - keeping me interested and darkness to the story unfolding. But the ending makes it worth it. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful story Admittedly the book did not have me hooked in the first half, but as the story evolved and it became clear how intertwined the lives of these characters were it turned into a beautiful story about fate, love, and life. Ended emotionally - a beautiful story.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hearfelt and amazing! The first part of the book admittedly did not have me hooked. But as the story goes on and the lives of these characters become more interwoven it became a true masterpiece - a story of fate that pulled at the heartstrings! Would highly recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-07
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