A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Review

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

Published in 2013

Pages: 379

Genre: Novel, war, literature about Chechnya

“On the morning after the Feds burned down her house and took her father, Havaa woke from dreams of sea anemones.”

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra, describes the tragic lives of displaced peoples in the aftermath of the dissolution of the U.S.S.R. Featuring a cast of characters connected by seemingly inconsequential coincidences, the novel explores the notions of family, loyalty, and shared humanity. Through the troubled, war-torn history of a nation, lives are woven together by the decisions of a few while the fleeting and beautiful aspects of life find common ground. Continue reading “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – Review”