A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
Our Review: A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra
This beautiful and haunting novel is one of my favourite books of 2013. It takes place in war-torn snowy mountains of Chechnya, with local guerrillas fighting corrupt Russian troops. However, don’t be concerned if you don’t know much about the Chechen conflict with Russia. The richly luminous storytelling and the three central characters of Havaa, the spookily insightful little girl who has the commonsense to flee Russian soldiers when her father is abducted, Akhmed, the humane villager who saves her and Sonja, the tough minded city doctor who runs a hospital in a bombed out city and reluctantly shelters Havaa, will utterly mesmerize you. With the storyline set over just 5 critical days, the central cast of characters gradually grows as you meet the rest of the villagers…Akhmed’s wife, Havaa’s father, Sonja’s sister, and other residents in the village of Eldar, each of them with a story to tell. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra was shortlisted for the
Washington Post ‘Top Ten Book of the Year’ & A New York Times ‘Notable Book of the Year’. A truly superb and illuminating read.
Review by Nicole Maher @ Great Escape Books