Author: Anthony Marra
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Summary: The plot was intricate, the dark humor was funny and heartbreaking, and the writing was perfection.
I don’t pick up short story collections that often, but when I heard Anthony Marra, author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was writing a new book, I’d have been willing to pick up a dictionary! Fortunately, this was a collection of interconnected short stories about the USSR/Russia from 1930 to the present. These stories show every side of war and daily life, from a Soviet censor, silently rebelling by painting his brother into every picture he alters, to a starlet married to an oil magnate, from a prisoner of war to a man who will do anything to avoid going to war. Read more »