A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra

By Anthony Marra

A resilient medical professional hazards every little thing to save lots of the lifetime of a hunted baby, during this majestic debut approximately love, loss, and the unforeseen ties that bind us together.
   In his extraordinary, haunting novel, Stegner Fellow and Whiting Award winner Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya, the place eight-year-old Havaa watches from the woods as Russian infantrymen abduct her father in the midst of the evening, accusing him of supporting Chechen rebels. around the highway their lifelong neighbor and family members good friend Akhmed has additionally been gazing, fearing the worst whilst the warriors set fireplace to Havaa’s condominium. but if he unearths her hiding within the wooded area with a wierd blue suitcase, he decides that might without end swap their lives. he'll search shelter on the deserted medical institution the place the only final health professional, Sonja Rabina, treats the wounded.
   For the gifted, tough-minded Sonja, the coming of Akhmed and Havaa is an unwelcome shock. Weary and overburdened, she has no wish to tackle extra possibility and accountability. and he or she has a deeply own cause of warning: harboring those refugees may simply jeopardize the go back of her lacking sister. yet over the process 5 outstanding days, Sonja’s international will shift on its axis and show the problematic development of connections that weave jointly the pasts of those 3 not likely partners and unexpectedly comes to a decision their fate. A tale of the transcendent energy of affection in wartime, A Constellation of important Phenomena is a piece of sweeping breadth, profound compassion, and lasting significance.

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81 When performed at the victor's house, we may think of a sympotic setting: various odes draw their imagery from the symposium (0. 1-6, P. 294-6, N. 48-52, /. 1). 84 The examples maybe multiplied, but the interpretation is nearly always controversial. A rare occasion, however, when ancient scholarship seems to supply external evidence for the performance of epinicians at a festival deserves mention. By way of elucidation of the phrase 'in honour of Zeus Aitnaios' (N. 6), an ancient commentator writes: 'Hieron's associates used to sing the epinicians which had been composed for [victories in] the crown-bearing games at the contest and festival of Zeus Aitnaios.

Gf. d'Alessio 1994: 135. 99 Lefkowitz iggib: 3 and passim; Bremer 1990: 45—7; Lardinois 1995: 255—6 and n. 7. 100 'Representative F: Slings 1990: 1—3 (after Frankel). 'First person indefinite': Young 1968: 12, 58; id. 1971: 10 11, 30; Bremer 1990: 47—8. 101 See Carey 1981: 159—61; Bremer 1990: 48—9; d'Alessio 1994: 130—4. 102 Gf. 2 P. 78a, 2 P. 161,2 JV. 73*),2 L 7-55b103 Accepted by Bundy 1962: 69-70 andn. 84; Young 19710: 30; Carey 1981:160—i; Frankel 1975: 475 n. 12; Slater 1971: 141; Bremer 1990: 48-9; Gentili in Gentili et al.

118 Modern scholars have argued for an admixture of epinicians with hymns (0. 14), paeans (P. 5), dirges (0. 2, /. 2, /. 59-65), and didactic-gnomic poetry (P. 120 This division removes any ambiguity in the status of the epinician laudandus. Yet (this study contends) precisely this ambiguity may be a crucial factor in the understanding of this poetry. The instability of the dichotomy of religious and secular poetry in this connection is suggested by, among other things, the fact of generic indeterminacy (an epinician might perhaps simultaneously be hymnic or paeanic), and the fact that victory odes could be performed in a religious setting and at a religious occasion (in sanctuaries and at festivals: see above).

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