A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

A Literary Glimpse Into Chechnya

When author Anthony Marra became interested in Chechnya, he realized there was no Western fiction rooted in the region -- something he set out to change. We talk with Marra, a D.C. native, about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena."

Chechnya is a war-torn, hotly disputed region that is both a part of and apart from Russia. Its history and current fragile peace are not well understood by Westerners, but one author is hoping to shine a spotlight on Chechens by penning a novel set in the region. The story weaves together stories of longtime neighbors and those brought together by chance as they navigate the uncertainties of war. We talk with Anthony Marra about his debut novel, "A Constellation of Vital Phenomena," and how it might further our understanding of the region.

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Anthony Marra

author, 'A Constellation of Vital Phenomena'; Stegner Fellow, Stanford University

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From the book "A Constellation Of Vital Phenomena: A novel" by Anthony Marra, published by Hogarth, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc., New York. Copyright © 2013 by Anthony Marra. Reprinted with permission.

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