A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena

Hardcover | September 25, 2013

byAnthony Marra

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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.

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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 w...

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...

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Format: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 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