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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 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: London ;, New York :, Hogarth,, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Characteristics: 384 pages ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Anthony Marra
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 9780770436407
0770436404
Branch Call Number: FICTION MARRA 2013
Copyright Date: ©2013
Other Language: In English
Subject Headings: Chechni͡a (Russia) History Civil War, 1994- Fiction Women physicians Fiction Medical fiction
Genre/Form: War stories
Topical Term: Women physicians
Medical fiction
LCCN: 2012017444
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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.

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.

n 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.

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.

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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Sep 13, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

A real struggle to get through as a 2 week e-book, although there were some interesting passages. No idea why this war torn area is different from any other, or the characters are more real or empathetic. I say pass on this one.

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.

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Dec 10, 2013
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