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Anthony Marra Books In Order

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mercury Pictures Presents (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

The Wolves of Bilaya Forest (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Collections

The Tsar of Love and Techno (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inheritance Collection Books

Everything My Mother Taught Me (By: Alice Hoffman) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Can You Feel This? (By: Julie Orringer) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lion's Den (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Zenith Man (By: Jennifer Haigh) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Weddings (By: Alexander Chee) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

xo Orpheus(2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
McSweeney's #49(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simpsonistas, Vol. 1(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Simpsonistas, Vol. 2(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

Anthony Marra is an award-winning and bestselling literary fiction author from California.

The author was born in Washington DC but in his adult years, he lived and studied all over the United States and Europe. He is the winner of the Narrative Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Whiting Award.

The author penned his debut work “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” in 2014 and the work went on to win several awards including the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award in 2014 and the John Leonard Prize.

Marra has also won fellowships from the likes of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Guggenheim Foundation. Marra’s work has also been featured in The Best American Non-Required Reading Anthology.

In 2017, he made the best American novelists by Granta list and won the Simpson Prize and $50,000 in 2018. He released his second novel Mercury Pictures Presents in 2022.

For his education in fiction, he went to Stanford University as a Stegner Fellow and graduated from the Iowa Writers Workshop with his MFA in Creative Writing.

He is currently a tutor in creative writing at Standford University and makes his home in Oakland, California.

Marra shows a tendency to base his work on the Soviet Union in both his first and second novels.

As an American writer, he was introduced to Russia and the Soviet Union when he was in high school where he read various Russian books as part of a history class.

He remembers feeling some type of awe reading works such as “A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.” He always felt a sense of political, artistic, and moral confluence which was very different from much of what he was reading in English class.
From that time on, he became very much fascinated with all kinds of Russian literature. When Anthony Marra was in college, his school has a foreign exchange program that provided him with the ultimate opportunity.

As a junior, he took the opportunity and went to study for a few months at St Petersburg State University.

Aside from reading Russian literature, the biggest influence on his writing career has to be his family and especially his numerous cousins.

When he was very little, family events were full of laughter, stories, and voices from which he finds inspiration for some of his stories.

Despite being born into a family full of storytellers, Anthony Marra has said that he was never destined to be an author.

Once he graduated from high school, he was invited to join Boston University but deferred his studies. He took up a job at UPS working as a clerk which alarmed his parents, who wanted him to do something intellectually productive.
This was understandable given that both of his parents were very respected lawyers in the community. Marra ultimately relented and enrolled in a creative writing class, where he happened to be the youngest student.

He loved the classes despite many of his classmates being unenthusiastic about his first short story.

Later on, he decided to attend the University of Southern California rather than Boston University. There, he got his first break as he lived in Saint Petersburg, which inspired his debut novel.

Anthony Marra’s “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena” is a brilliant debut work set in an abandoned hospital.

It is the setting where a tough-minded medic makes the decision to take under his protection a hunted young girl, which results in some explosive consequences. The work is set in Chechnya in a small rural village at the tail end of 2004.
Havaa is an eight-year-old girl who hides in the woods as Russian security forces abduct her father. She flees alongside Akhmed a neighbor and failed physician and heads out to a hospital that had recently been bombed.
At the hospital, there is just one doctor named Sonja who has to deal with a steady stream of refugees and wounded rebels, even as she mourns her sister who has gone missing.

Over nearly a week, Sonja and Akhmed go back to revisit their past to unravel the complex mystery of forgiveness, betrayal, and coincidence that decides their fate and unexpectedly binds them.

With the expert sense of place from The Tiger’s Wife and the dramatic sweep of The English Patient, it is a brilliant debut exploring the transcendent power of love in hard times.

“The Tsar of Love and Techno” by Anthony Mara follows on from the poignant and dazzling debut novel. Just like its predecessor, it is a story of the redemptive power of art, the legacy of war, family, and sacrifice in lyrical interwoven tales.
This beautifully written anthology introduces several fascinating characters whose lives intersect in ways that are both heartbreaking and life-affirming.

Set in the Soviet Union during the 1930s, a censor employed by the Soviet government corrects offensive photographs while deep underneath, all he can think about is a ballerina that has recently been disgraced.

A chorus of women tells their life stories and those of former gulag prisoners and grandmothers. On the other hand, are four brothers that share protective and very fierce love.

Young men across the Soviet Union have to deal with violence in the military and at home. People are forced to make huge sacrifices in the name of an unremarkable oil landscape except for the depiction of an incomprehensibly peaceful past.
With rich character portraits and stunning prose, it is a captivating novel from some of the greatest talents in literary fiction.

Anthony Marra’s novel “Mercury Pictures Presents” is the story of Maria Lagana, who is in Hollywood running away from her past.

She had been born in Rome where she used to go to the cinema every Sunday with her father when everyone else was going to church. Mara had then moved to LA with her mother after her father was arrested following a childhood transgression.
Fifteen years later, as the United States is about to enter the Second World War, Maria has risen up the ranks to become Mercury Pictures’ associate producer. She is struggling to keep her professional and personal life from falling apart.
Her boss a man of too many toupees is needed in Washington to explain his actions to Congressional investigators while her mother will not speak to her.

Her boyfriend is an extremely talented Chinese American actor who is sick of his studio’s narrow typecasting. Meanwhile, the studio Maria has called home for years has been teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.

Over the next few months, Mercury turns into a nexus of European emigres. Most of these refugees are one-time actors, celebrated architects, poets, and screenwriters that have fallen on hard times.

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