Chechnya

A CONSTELLATION OF VITAL PHENOMENA
by Anthony Marra

In a landmine-strewn Chechen village, a failed physician named Akhmed watches as his friend Dokka is removed by authorities, the house where he once sheltered refugees burned to the ground. Fearing for the safety of Dokka’s eight-year-old daughter Havaa, Akhmed whisks her away to a hospital in a nearby town where he hopes to entrust her to the care of its legendary female surgeon. When Sonja Andreyevana, an ethnic Russian and the last of a staff of 500, balks at his request, Akhmed volunteers to stay and work for her. Read more…