Explore these books and travel the world without leaving your reading chair.
Bestselling novelist Anthony Marra – author of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena – shares some of this favorite far-flung novels.
From Brazil to Japan to Czechoslovakia, the settings of these novels will capture your imagination and expand your sense of the world.
If you’ve read these, leave a comment with your review! If you haven’t, you’ll want to add them to your TBR pile.
Q. Why write about Chechnya?
A. I first became interested in the region as a college student in St. Petersburg. I realized that Chechnya was a place I didn’t know how to spell and couldn’t find on a map, but the ramifications of the wars there had reached as far north as Petersburg, where on a daily basis I saw Russian veterans soliciting for alms in the Metro stations.
I began reading nonfiction accounts of Chechnya and quickly became fascinated. The accounts I read of ordinary people in remarkable situations were the kinds of stories that I felt needed to be brought to life through fiction.
We hope that the following questions will enhance your reading group’s discussion of this stirring meditation on loss and redemption.
In this haunting masterwork, award-winning author Anthony Marra transports us to a snow-covered village in Chechnya. It is 2004, and an eight-year-old girl has just watched Russian soldiers abduct her father and set fire to her house in the middle of the night. Fearing the worst, their lifelong neighbor Akhmed rescues the girl and seeks refuge at the bombed-out hospital. Over the course of five extraordinary days, their worlds will unravel in unimaginable ways, culminating in a breathtaking, ultimately affirming turn of fate.
Published in the U.K. to wide acclaim, Dark Eden won the 2013 Arthur C Clarke Award for the Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year.
“A linguistic and imaginative tour de force.”
—The Guardian (UK)
“Captivating and haunting…human plight and alien planet are both superbly evoked.”
—Daily Mail (UK)
“Pure astonishment and pleasure, a storytelling ride full of brio and wonder.”
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You could compare reading to a relationship.
It’s there for you at the end of a long day. It can make you laugh and cry. Sometimes it’s a struggle, and you have to work at it. But one thing all readers know it that this isn’t some casual fling. You’re in it for the long haul. This is a lifelong affair.
But where did it start? Like a first kiss, you remember your first experience with reading forever. And like all first kisses, it’s more complicated than that.