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Their lives are surrounded by the difficulties of a long, vicious war.

A neighbour is an informer, having earlier been castrated by Russian troops. A sister flees to Europe and is forced into prostitution and drug addiction.

Drugs for the hospital are only available via a black market. Soldiers lie in wait on roads leading anywhere; mines litter the ground, and straying off the road could kill you. Constfllation is a subject that has slipped out of the newsand the war there has largely ended, but the Russian region remains far from anything we would recognise as normal. Although this book is conxtellation, it is based on first-hand accounts of the fighting.


Indeed, by moving the descriptions from when they took place to the years required by his plot, and by placing them in an imaginary city, constellatiion divorces them from any relevance to what was actually happening.

This surely undermines whatever he was trying to do by setting the novel in modern Chechnya in the first place. Police killed in Chechnya gun battle. Banner of the Passing Clouds. The battle for Russia’s soul. Marra is thus placing himself in a long tradition of writing that also includes Alexander Pushkin and Mikhail Lermontov. Inviting comparison with such masters is a risk that Marra should perhaps have avoided.

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