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Mar 1 1 8 Feb 23, It is a book about human connection and about how little acts of kindness can create more kindness. 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: I’m always skeptical when I hear raves about an up-and-coming author who’s supposed to be the latest writing phenomenon.

This book takes you there.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. The engrossing story was heartbreaking, uplifting, sad, and confirmed the best in people in terrible situations. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. But he wrote it at 28 years of age, and a Stanford professor where he was a graduate student in creative writing was quoted as saying his skills were already fully developed.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

The one torture scene is like a feverish nightmare that feels even longer that it actually is, one you want to read between your fingers, but the book needs it to be there and you constellwtion grateful for it being only the one: By writing so beautifully about a tiny village in Chechnya, this year-old Washington native consteklation produced a timeless tragedy about the victims of war.


He jokes that he is the worst doctor in Chechnya, but he still manages to help his patients and their families, sometimes by drawing portraits of those who have been killed or taken by the feds. It is a brilliant book. One of the most obvious, of course, is the language.

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But those are small things. View all 31 comments. It is a book about forgivene I am in awe; Anthony Marra has a rare gift with words.

The fact that I debated my own feelings about it meant that he made me think, which I should count as a good phenomean.

I admit I cried multiple times. I look forward to seeing more of his work. While the chapter focuses on one character’s perspective, the stories ebb and flow together like overlapping melodies. Marra does not sacrifice substance to achieve style and his book is as emotionally rewarding as it is intellectually impressive.

If it’s powerful enough, it can make you want to “go there. Sing it, Brother Anthony, sing it. Quotes from A Constellation o You must know by now that I do not demand jolly books, but this one is d-e-p-r-e-s-s-i-n-g.

Did it impart an important message that was new? It’s a very well-made book, it’s got a helluva wallop of a message, and it’s fun to read. The novel primarily takes place throughout a decade — from to — and a line graph at the top of each chapter centers the consteklation in the timeline.


Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Inviting comparison with such masters is a risk that Marra should perhaps have avoided. And a highly accomplished architect. A sister flees to Europe and is forced into prostitution and drug addiction. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra, review

Sonya schools him in trauma care and lessens his despair by instilling a sense of purpose, and he in turn helps humanizes her, makes cinstellation laugh, and raises her hopes of finding her missing sister. He submits the book to three different publishers, only to be told by the national publisher in Moscow that he needed to send in three typed copies.

The heart of the story encompasses a young girl left fatherless by a family friend turned informer and the people willing to put themselves on the line to keep her safe. Amazon iBooks Independent Booksellers.

This was not an easy story to read.

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

We got chopped off fingers, burned down houses, torture-induced ratting, and a whole host of other atrocities. May 07, Pages. We are experiencing technical difficulties.

Marra seems to derive his astral calm in the face of catastrophe directly from Tolstoy.