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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

A Novel
Marra, Anthony (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
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"In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance." -- Publisher's description. In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
Authors: Marra, Anthony
Title: A constellation of vital phenomena
a novel
Publisher: New York : Hogarth, c2013.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 384 p. ;,25 cm.
Summary: "In a small rural village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian soldiers abduct her father in the middle of the night and then set fire to her home. When their lifelong neighbor Akhmed finds Havaa hiding in the forest with a strange blue suitcase, he makes a decision that will forever change their lives. He will seek refuge at the abandoned hospital where the sole remaining doctor, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded. For Sonja, the arrival of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome surprise. Weary and overburdened, she has no desire to take on additional risk and responsibility. But over the course of five extraordinary days, Sonja's world will shift on its axis and reveal the intricate pattern of connections that weaves together the pasts of these three unlikely companions and unexpectedly decides their fate. A story of the transcendent power of love in wartime, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a work of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance." -- Publisher's description.
In a rural village in December 2004 Chechnya, a failed doctor Akhmed harbors the traumatized 8-year-old daughter of a father abducted by Russian forces and treats a series of wounded rebels and refugees while exploring the shared past that binds him to the child.
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ISBN: 0770436404
9780770436407
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Marra
Other Language: In English.
Subject Headings: Medical fiction. Women physicians Fiction. Chechni͡a (Russia) History Civil War, 1994- Fiction.
Genre/Form: War stories.
Topical Term: Medical fiction.
Women physicians
LCCN: 2012017444
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May 06, 2014
  • som rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This novel had great reviews and I too wanted to like it. But something was missing. Maybe it had too much action. A literary novel should feel wise.

An absolutely amazing novel. Anthony Marra captures the essence of a diverse array of characters from conflicted sisters to incompetent surgeons to orphans of war, and they all feel completely real.

Mar 29, 2014
  • lpodell rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Couldn't read much- too depressing

Mar 25, 2014
  • rosenyny rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Very moving story with gut wrenching description and observations of trying to survive in a war torn country. The interconnections of the characters is so well crafted and the imagery of the writing is incredibly well done. One of the best written books I've read.

Jan 09, 2014
  • LibrarianLaura rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

When I read the last page of this book I took a deep breath and hugged it to my chest. I was saying goodbye to characters I had grown close to, a drama of such spirit and love and endurance and pain that I felt lost in another world. I highly recommend this read, even if you're not typically interested in historical novels there is a much deeper story going on between these pages, it is a read for everyone.

Dec 10, 2013
  • sabricent rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

If you like Khaled Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns then you will like this book. The characters are rich and complex, the setting is horrific and true, and the end will leave you immensely sad and filled with joy.

totally brilliant
magnificent writing
unexplored subject
gripping, grabbing your emotions.

Nov 25, 2013
  • JCLMELODYK rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I can't make myself turn this book back in to my public library. It's been a week now and I'm still thinking about Sonya and Havaa and mourning Natasha. I found Marra's writing to be extraordinary. This is a very moving book. My favorite read for 2013.

Oct 14, 2013
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The book was okay – but not one of my favorites.

Sep 17, 2013
  • Laphroaig rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The best book I've read in a long time.
It sent me happily to my atlas, dictionary, the internet, I sketched out a geneology of the characters and how they were connected... all hallmarks of superior fiction, IMHO - instructive as well as entertaining.

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Dec 10, 2013
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