A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, by Anthony Marra Discussion Leader: Ellen Getreu 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. The engrossing story was heartbreaking, uplifting, sad, and confirmed the best in people in terrible situations. Fearing the worst, their lifelong neighbor Akhmed rescues the girl and seeks refuge at the bombed-out hospital run by Sonja, a brilliant but tough-as-nails female surgeon. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. 5. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is such a book. She flipped through the book and found answers to questions no sane person would ever ask. Discuss the betrayals that drive the storyline. So many glowing reviews made me think that it was going to be a book that I would going to remember for a very very long time, that too in a good way. Every week we host a new literary giveaway! I knew little of Chechnya, and Marra does a masterful job of supplying enough information without weighing down the narrative. I haven't read what GR friends have said about this book--I'm coming to it a little later than most--which made it all the more of a pleasure. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker may be best known for her roles on HBO’s Sex and the City and Divorce as well as for being a fashion... A brilliant debut novel that brings to life an abandoned hospital where a tough-minded doctor decides to harbor a hunted young girl, with powerful consequences. What is the effect of the timeline, encompassing five days in 2004 and flashbacks from a decade earlier? It is 2004, and an eight-year-old girl has just watched Russian soldiers abduct her father and set fire to her house in the middle of the night. After reading the blurb, I knew this is going to be a sad story but what I didn’t know was that it was going to be this disappointing. The story traces the character's lives and the moral choices they have made in their struggle to survive. How does this approach echo the reality of memory and longing? The writing was beautiful. I knew little of Chechnya, and Marra does a masterful job of supplying enough information without weighing down the narrative. Anthony Marra’s Chechnya is every bit as bleak and brutal as the post-apocalyptic world Cormac McCarthy creates in The Road. 2. Life: a constellation of vital phenomena. Would you become an informant if your life depended on it? As well as being the most cleverly structured novel I’ve read all year A Constellation of Vital Phenomenon also features some of the most memorable characters. We all found our comfy spot to read this and were drawn into this densely vivid heavy in-depth plot that demanded our full attention. It hews to the historical record. Get weekly book recommendations delivered right to your inbox and find out What We’re Reading. But inside us there is a word we cannot pronounce and that is who we are.”, “Life: a constellation of vital phenomena—organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.”, National Book Award Nominee for Fiction (2013), New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award Nominee (2014), Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction (2014), California Book Award for First Fiction (Gold) (2013), PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize Nominee for Shortlist (2014), Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominee for Fiction (2014), National Book Critics Circle Award for John Leonard Prize (2013), The Athens Prize for Literature - Περιοδικό (δέ)κατα (2014), Andrew Carnegie Medal Nominee for Fiction (2014), Goodreads Choice Award Nominee for Fiction (2013). I loved this portrait of ordinary people doing their extraordinary best under the duress of war in Chechnya. You can now purchase books directly from Penguin Random House on RIF. The A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by community members like you. The end of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena isn’t neatly tied up. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a sweeping novel that uncovers the characters' pasts and propels them into the future. At Read It Forward, we have a healthy obsession with authors, stories, and the readers who love them. We all know, as William Tecumseh Sherman once noted, that “War is Hell!” Later, Jean-Paul Sartre concluded that “Hell is other people.” It therefore stands to reason that war is other people. ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. But Marra crosses the t’s and dots the i’s and leaves the reader an emotional wreck. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a sweeping novel that uncovers the characters' pasts and propels them into the future. He saves his 8 year old daughter, Haava, by forcing her out into the black of night with her already packed suitcase. It begins with the horror of a father, Dokka, taken violently away by the Feds during the middle of the night. *** Granta Best of Young American Novelists 2017 ***In a snow-covered village in Chechnya, eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as her father is abducted in the middle of the night by Russian soldiers. It begins with the horror of a father, Dokka, taken violently away by the Feds during the middle of the night. AConstellationof"Vital"Phenomena" " President’s"Address" LaSierraUniversity"Academic"Convocation" September"26,"2013" " He#has#shown#you,#O#mortal,#whatis#good.# He saves his 8 year old daughter, Haava, by forcing her out into the black of night with her already packed. Upon starting this book I had heard of Chechnya. “Life: a constellation of vital phenomena—organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.” War and its aftermath, lives and their destruction, land and its carnage, and the people who are left behind to try to pick up the pieces of lives trying to hold on to something, anything that will prove that you are more than the carbon you leave behind. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the John Leonard prize for a first book from the National Book Critics Circle. Borrow or purchase this book [ I wanted to add this long sentence, summarizing the period in history excellently, to the review. Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, … The story, told from an omniscient point of view , begins one morning in … The writing was beautiful. ANTHONY MARRA is the winner of a Whiting Award, Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. How is the concept of family—from the sisters’ relationship to Akhmed’s marriage to Ula—transformed in a land of warlords? The average length of a femur. The history of ethnic strife in Chechnya is long and confusing. Before reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, how much did you know about Chechnya? I loved this book and did not want it to end. Wishing I could read this again for the first time. Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese fits your wonderful criteria. The novel isn’t so much about the wars in Chechnya per se as how individuals relate to each other when law and order has been perverted out of all recognition and they only have their own moral compass as a guide. On page 1322 of a medical dictionary - Life: a constellation of vital phenomena - organisation, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation. I am in awe; Anthony Marra has a rare gift with words. 6. The engrossing story was heartbreaking, uplifting, sad, and confirmed the best in people in terrible sit. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. Which of the novel’s cultural details surprised you the most? Why is Sonja able to remain clear-eyed and resilient? Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist. I look forward to more from this author. We all found our comfy spot to read this and were drawn into this densely vivid heavy in-depth plot that demanded our full attention. This book proved tedious, convoluted and an insomniac's dream. In A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra explores the emotional complexities of life in a war-plagued place, as the upheaval of conflict and death reshape the … How are cultural identities shaped in the midst of political, military, economic, and religious power struggles? We are experiencing an error, please try again. The novel brings to life the cruel absurdities of war with moments of light and humanity. As life pulled some of the sisters away from the story they became really lost with their focus and had to leave the coulee and return back to read this at another time. Anthony Marra’s first novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” is a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles. I was inspired with Marra’s ability to portray how in the face of war’s devastation, people focus their purpose on whatever family members or shreds of community they retain, and when even that is gone, they forge a virtual family. This was followed by The Tsar of Love and … The lyricism of the long sentence is what captivated me at the time, but it also encapsulates muc. KIRA WALTON has been stalking books all her life as a college English teacher, bookseller, book club consultant, author, and editor. Start by marking “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Each chapter is set in one of the ten years the book covers and the alternating stories require the reader's attention. Leaving three sisters and myself in a cou. Marra’s novel was a National Book Award long list selection as well as a shortlist selection for the Flaherty-Dunnan first novel prize. The lyricism of the long sentence is what captivated me at the time, but it also encapsulates much of what else is also wonderful about this book, e.g., the omniscient voice that many times gives us a glimpse of the future and the author's handling of time, in general. What is Khassan’s key to survival? What is Dokka’s greatest vulnerability? I started off lost in a coulee reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena with seven of my Traveling Sisters and some of us really got lost in this story. We all know, as William Tecumseh Sherman once noted, that “War is Hell!” Later, Jean-Paul Sartre concluded that “Hell is other people.” It therefore stands to reason that war is other people. In this haunting masterwork, award-winning author Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya. one time too many. Murder. A National Book Awards Longlist Selection" "A "New York Times" and "Washington Post" bestseller 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. Leaving three sisters and myself in a coulee continuing to read this story together. Dwight Garner - New York Times 11. Anthony Marra's first novel was A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which won an array of prizes including the National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize, the Barnes and Noble Fiction Discover Award, the Grand Prix des Lectrices de Elle and the Athens Prize for Literature, and appeared on more than twenty Books of the Year lists. It's humane and absurd, and rarely out of touch with the Joseph-Heller-like notion that, as Mr. Marra puts it, "stupidity was the single abiding law of the universe. As life pulled some of the sisters away from the story they became really lost with their focus and had to leave the coulee and return back to read this at another time. This beautiful and haunting novel is one of my favorite books of 2013. Living in a state of constant trauma changes all the rules. Young and old, ethnic Russians and Chechen Muslims, the characters' lives intersect in such a way that they cannot hate each other with the intensity prescribed by their ancestors. The definition of a foot. What do his daughter’s memories of him say about his hopes and fears? Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The novel brings to life the cruel absurdities of war with moments of light and humanity. Nonetheless, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena" proves that if anything, it's … We’d love your help. I know how I felt while reading this book, but why? The passage (actually one long sentence) is about a younger brother along with his family (whom the readers never see again) at the village doctor's (a better artist than he is a doctor) to describe his 'disappeared' older brother in order for the doctor to draw his portrait. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is his first novel. Each chapter is set in one of the ten years the book covers and the alternating stories require the reader's attention. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Author: Anthony Marra. Hello, Sign in. I have to say I learnt next to nothing about the Chechen wars. The story takes place in worn torn Chechny and flashes back over the characters lives during 5 precious days. --"Maclean's ""The simplest life cannot precisely be put down in details or marks on a page--the spirit fundamentally escapes language, if only because we can't pronounce the words. It's also a difficult book to read. This is a story about death, grief, hope and joy. 10. Book Publishing. Over the course of five extraordinary days, their worlds will unravel in unimaginable ways, culminating in a breathtaking, ultimately affirming turn of fate. Welcome back. Accused of aiding Chechen rebels, her father has suffered the brutality of the Feds before. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit, sed diam nonummy nibh euismod tincidunt ut laoreet dolore magna aliquam erat volutpat. So I, too, would like to ask if readers might recommend other work, whether by this author or others with the following elements: literary fiction (preferably historical), extraordinary prose, deeply engaging characters, of course, a good and meaningful story? Lives bind and fray in chaos, and regular people – each in their own way – try to transcend their circumstances by saving others. It was set in Chechnya in 2004 with much of the story backfilled from the prior decade of war. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I picked this book for my “read an award winner” challenge. How did your image of Akhmed shift throughout the chapters? Garnering rave reviews coast-to-coast, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is an unforgettable debut novel that deftly explores the human cost of war—and the healing power of hope. This is a book that made me pause, reflect and pause again. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is ambitious and intellectually restless. In his review for the Washington Post, Ron Charles describes the novel as “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.” Discuss the book’s closing lines in that context. There's nothing easy about torture. Nothing for insanity by grief, or insanity by loneliness, or insanity by reading reference books. Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, … Sonja’s neighbour has ‘bartered a jar of engine oil for sandals that bore the blackened imprints of forty different toes’. Oh, what a joy to read a fully-realized, beautifully written, totally engrossing novel. He has lived and studied in Eastern Europe, and now resides in Oakland, CA. Good thing for me that it's about others because what Marra described in this book sounded awful. Or even have told you what part of the world it was in. Can suspicion and corruption ever rise to a level that makes loyalty impossible? See all 13 questions about A Constellation of Vital Phenomena…, A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya, The Angel of Grozny: Orphans of a Forgotten War, Allah's Mountains: The Battle for Chechnya, New Edition, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra - 4 stars, Sarah Jessica Parker’s Next Big Challenge? Russian politics and regional dynamics were deemphasized, though, so it was somewhat generically about any oppressed, occupied state. I originally learned about this book when it was. How does his art restore the humanity around him? Yet again I am left baffled by the glowing reviews and the hype. To say this was an excellent book would be an understatement. Their human spirit shines through like the grass that grows in the cracks of a sidewalk. Try When is this an advantage, and when is it a disadvantage? Oh, what a joy to read a fully-realized, beautifully written, totally engrossing novel. 3. Discuss the title (in chapter 24, Sonja stumbles across it in a Russian medical dictionary’s definition of life). To say this was an excellent book would be an understatement. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena takes what might be, for many readers, a tragic but distant muddle, and makes it real, in that paradoxical way that only fiction can. ANTHONY MARRA is the author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013), which won the National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover Award, and appeared on over twenty year-end lists. This is a story about death, grief, hope and joy. Life is valued by the governing powers as cheaply as in the Nazi concentration camps. a constellation of vital phenomena by Anthony Marra ‧ RELEASE DATE: May 7, 2013 A decade of war in Chechnya informs this multivalent, heartfelt debut, filled with broken families, lost limbs and valiant efforts to find scraps of hope and dignity. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena does not feel pedantic or didactic, though, informative as it is. What accounts for the very different fates of Natasha and Sonja? It takes place in post-war Chechnya, but don't be alarmed if you don't know much about the Chechen conflict with Russia — the rich storytelling and the gorgeous prose will draw you in, and by the end of the book you could captivate an audience with these wartime stories. To see what your friends thought of this book. What does she teach Havaa about being a woman, and about the limits of being a healer? I have just seen that people post to Goodreaders the request for recommendations of similar books. Copyright ©1995-2021 Penguin Random House. I loved this book! “We wear clothes, and speak, and create civilizations, and believe we are more than wolves. What does A Constellation of Vital Phenomena ultimately say about anguish and joy? We got chopped off fingers, burned down houses, torture-induced ratting, and a whole host of other atrocities. Anthony Marra's debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, takes place in war-torn Chechnya — a world of perpetual violence, fear and exploding land mines. Sex slavery. Refresh and try again. Account & Lists Account & Lists Returns & Orders. It was set in Chechnya in 2004 with much of the story backfilled from the prior decade of war. 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… 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. Is his image of homeland and heritage accurate? 4. "Life: a constellation of vital phenomena - organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaption." For a young American writer to choose Chechnya as the subject for a first novel shows commendable ambition, and for the most part he gets away with it. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Summary & Study Guide Anthony Marra This Study Guide consists of approximately 53 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. If you read as much as I do (or even if you don't), you're bound to come across a book that is hailed by literary critics and readers as one of the greatest things ever, but no matter how much you try and read it and are determined to love it, it just doesn't click for you. Garnering rave reviews coast-to-coast, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is an unforgettable debut novel that deftly explores the human cost of war—and the healing power of hope. “Life: a constellation of vital phenomena—organization, irritability, movement, growth, reproduction, adaptation.” ― Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena Dismemberment. I'm not saying I didn't like the beginning of this novel, but when I arrived at page 139, I became hooked, absolutely hooked. 9. In addition, his work has been anthologized in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012. 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. “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is set against the tangle of wars, occupations and insurgencies that have racked Chechnya since the early 1990s. By Madison Smartt Bell June 7, 2013 Anthony Marra’s extraordinary first novel, “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” opens with a disappearance typical of postmodern warfare, cobbled to … by Hogarth. 7. She is found by Akhmed, the neighbouring doctor, who makes it his mission to ensure her safety and leads her to the one remaining hospital where he delivers her to the doctor, Sonja. In this haunting masterwork, award-winning author Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This is not a light read and be prepared to be drawn in emotionally. Why near the conclusion did I just listen to get to the end? Resistant at first, the doctor soon discovers that her new visitors may hold the key to finding her missing sister. I have a few small quibbles, the first being the over reliance on coincidence after coincidence. There's nothing easy about torture. Russ. Ostensibly the novel is set in Chechnya though in many ways the novel depicts a generic modern war and the terrifying lawlessness that prevails in an invaded country. I know that happens most often with the classics, but it certainly happens with "regular" fiction and nonfiction as well. But Marra crosses the t’s and dots the i’s and leaves the reader an emotional wreck. 8. The story takes place in worn torn Chechny and flashes back over the characters lives during 5 precious days. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena won the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize and the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in fiction, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award. Why did I constantly want to do anything else but listen? 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. Is Natasha’s beauty an asset or a liability? I couldn't point it out on a map though. Updating this review 10/28/15. Their life-long friend and neighbour, Akhmed, has also been watching, and when he finds Havaa he knows of only February 4th 2014 But no life is a line, and hers was an uneven orbit around a dark star, a moth … Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, … Khassan: I started off lost in a coulee reading A Constellation of Vital Phenomena with seven of my Traveling Sisters and some of us really got lost in this story. Marra uses an invented town in the novel and at times you feel he’s also using an invented country. Enter to win our favorite new reads, bookish goodies, and so much more. 1. What does it mean for Sonja and Natasha to be ethnically Russian? I had high expectations of this book after seeing a few recommendations from friends here. I have a few small quibbles, the first being the ove. 12. Every now and then, a book comes along that restores my faith in the future of the novel all over again. We got chopped off fingers, burned down houses, torture-induced ratting, and a whole host of other atrocities. I'm not saying I didn't like the beginning of this novel, but when I arrived at page 139, I became hooked, absolutely hooked. What can fiction reveal about history that a memoir or history book cannot? ― Anthony Marra, quote from A Constellation of Vital Phenomena “There was a time when she had indulged in the hypothetical for hours a day, plotting the map that had led her here. Author: Anthony Marra. An extension of that point is the flash forwards with all the random characters. I give it 5 stars. Thanks! It's also a difficult book to read. A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is the 2013 debut novel by American author Anthony Marra. Two doctors risk everything to save the life of a hunted child in this majestic debut about love, … Despite his many weaknesses, how does he become a source of strength for the loved ones in his life? This, too, can feel satisfying--yes, life will go on from all this awfulness--but I felt the heavy hand of the novelist here, a little too much. What is phenomenal about the life force and the body’s intricate capabilities? All rights reserved. The Chechnya of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena is a world of haunted objects, whose very specific little stories give a sense, far more eloquently than any tranche of exposition, of its tragic place in world affairs. Good thing for me that it's about others because what Marra described in this book sounded awful. He received an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where he teaches as the Jones Lecturer in Fiction. The passage (actually one long sentence) is about a younger brother along with his family (whom the readers never see again) at the village doctor's (a better artist than he is a doctor) to describe his 'disappeared' older brother in order for the doctor to draw his portrait. 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