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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, review

Almost everyone is a hero in this tale. View all 76 comments.

Do they slither into your ears emitting glassy slime like a hagfish? And then as anthiny reader, you get dumped into the events of that year, concerning a rather small cast of characters in a small Chechnyan town.

I can only say that “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is a brilliant, brilliant novel. One of my favorite characters was Sonja, a tough doctor who left Chechnya to attend medical school in London, but she returned to her war-torn country to try and help her sister, Natasha, who later disappeared: Two hundred meters in, raising his head in a long scream, he tore a hole in the silence through which he could walk more freely.


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But Sonja and Akhmed forge a reluctant partnership, one which opens both of their eyes to the surprising connections that tie them together. It can feel satisfying on one level cosntellation everything fitting so neatly who has crossed paths with whom, etc.

In the final days of Decemberin a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa hides in the woods when her father is abducted by Russian forces. I admit I cried multiple times. Sonja herself is searching, searching for her sister, Natasha, gone missing for two years.

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Feb 04, Pages. These are the sins for which they are now seeking absolution, whether from a higher power ot from those they have wronged.

He read up on the non-fiction reports he could find from the area. I think some writers are equivalent of chocolatiers, making bonbon after truffle upon caramel. Stay in Touch Sign up. His writing is incredibly dense —which anfhony, I was aware of each word on every page—making this somewhat of a taxing experience.

This is a story about death, grief, hope and joy. His humor in the face of such tragedy. View all 18 comments.

And I give him plenty of points for ambition. He needs to find a safe place for her. I couldn’t point it out on a map though.


Looking for More Great Reads? Good thing for me that it’s about others because what Marra described in this book sounded awful. Anyhony ask other readers questions about A Constellation of Vital Phenomenaplease sign up. Fearing for her life, she flees with their neighbor Ak A brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences.

View all 65 comments. I have a few small quibbles, the first being the ove Oh, what a joy to read a fully-realized, beautifully written, totally engrossing novel. In my reading of it, I could only think of it as also being an indictment against the dangerous territory the U.

Monday 31 December For a first book this book is absolutely amazing. View all 47 comments. Leaving three sisters and myself in a coulee continuing to read this story together.