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A Constellation of Vital Phenomena



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Author
Marra, Anthony
Descriptors
Art
Civil War
Doctors
Fathers and Daughters
Hospitals
Refugees
Torture
Location/Setting:
Chechnya
Time Period:
1990s
2000s
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Summary
When 8-year-old Havaa's father is taken away by Russian soldiers, neighbor and village doctor Akhmed hustles her away to the local city where he asks the sole surgeon, London educated Sonja, to harbor her. Meanwhile, Sonja searches for her sister Natalie who has disappeared. The Chechynan War rages around them and we discover, in flashbacks, what connects these characters together.
Critique
Beautifully written, with lyrical prose that captures the senselessness of the war and the ways that people try to survive through it.
ISBN
9780770436407
  iBistro
# of Pages
384
Published
2013
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Reviewer's Initials: DO SH LH


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