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Anthony Marra Sayings: I'm overcome by the inexplicable desire to speak to you with common courtesy. I'm overcome by the inexplicable desire to speak to you with common courtesy.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: My Seryozha. My holy little fool. You've spent these last few years working so hard My Seryozha. My holy little fool. You've spent these last few years working so hard to become an asshole. Despite your best efforts, you're becoming a man instead. And I know you want to become so great an asshole that centuries from now people will speak of wiping their Sergeis. But you're not an asshole. You're my son. So when you want to disgrace yourself, remember, little one, that you are all of your father's pride.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: But the terrible past of nighttime disappearances was locked within the pages of that history But the terrible past of nighttime disappearances was locked within the pages of that history book; she never imagined she would one day disappear as easily as her forefathers.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Ever since studying in Russia as a college student, I had been in a long-distance, Ever since studying in Russia as a college student, I had been in a long-distance, one-sided love affair with Chechnya's remarkable history, culture and rugged natural beauty.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: In the flash there's no final thought, no final reflection, just the breath carried from In the flash there's no final thought, no final reflection, just the breath carried from her body on the back of the bullet.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: My work often begins as little internal dares, wondering if I can pull something off. My work often begins as little internal dares, wondering if I can pull something off. So I spent a few years drawing these stories together, trying to build a Pangea of what began as separate continents.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: A mind to feeble to tell the time of day can still get the right A mind to feeble to tell the time of day can still get the right blood to the right places, he thought.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: You remember how Mom had that embroidered pillow? When she got upset, she'd shout into You remember how Mom had that embroidered pillow? When she got upset, she'd shout into it and no one would hear her. That's Facebook.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: There was something about the idea of Russia that I found very intriguing, and I There was something about the idea of Russia that I found very intriguing, and I think I had romanticized it a lot.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: She was fluent in four languages and yet her fists against the rusted hood were She was fluent in four languages and yet her fists against the rusted hood were the fullest articulation of her defeat.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: A novel can grant humanity even to those who act inhumanely, and by making men A novel can grant humanity even to those who act inhumanely, and by making men and women of monsters, it can offer not only a ground-level view of a particular conflict, but a descent into the substratum of human nature capable of the incomprehensible.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: She shielded her eyes with a salute to the afternoon sun. "Right there, where the She shielded her eyes with a salute to the afternoon sun. "Right there, where the ground is blackened, just to the left of that cloud, that's where the Presidential Palace stood." Rotating in a slow circle, her index finger pressed the past into the empty panorama. The market selling Levi's two decades before any licensed clothing store. The music college, where some years earlier a prodigy had learned to play the viola by listening to the two-hundred-year history of chamber music lilting through those open windows. She reconstructed the square for Akhmed - her voice raised every edifice from the dust, replanted every linden tree - because that was easier than apology.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: [T]o some people ignorance is a sleeping mask they mistake for corrective lenses. [T]o some people ignorance is a sleeping mask they mistake for corrective lenses.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: You have waited for me past the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, past each of You have waited for me past the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, past each of Saturn's rings. It's ridiculous, so stupid, I know, to cross the entire solar system just to hear you and Galina butcher Tchaikovsky. If ever there was an utterance of perfection, it is this. If God has a voice, it is ours.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Even after Sonja graduated secondary school at the top of her class and matriculated to Even after Sonja graduated secondary school at the top of her class and matriculated to the city university biology department, their parents found more to love in Natasha. Sonja's gifts were too complex to be understood, and therefore less desirable.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: If ever there was a season for constipation it was winter. If ever there was a season for constipation it was winter.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: You are mine. I recognize you. We twist our souls around each other's miseries. It You are mine. I recognize you. We twist our souls around each other's miseries. It is that which makes us family.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: You are a coward,' she said, and with that one word wrote a denunciation, a You are a coward,' she said, and with that one word wrote a denunciation, a biography, and a prophecy.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: In a shuddering voice her father kept asking the pale-faced woman - who looked like In a shuddering voice her father kept asking the pale-faced woman - who looked like her mother and wore her mother's apron but couldn't be her mother - for forgiveness. If she had been dying every minute of every day, they might have been a happy family. The blood consumed every centimeter of apron cloth and Havaa was afraid the wound would become hers if she came too close. Her mother stirred, looked to her father, and wrapped her five fingers over his none. She opened her mouth, but he shook his head, told her to save her breath, and Havaa would always remember how he had shushed what might have been her good-bye so that she could breathe.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: She wouldn't climb out of the bed for her sister, but she had climbed into She wouldn't climb out of the bed for her sister, but she had climbed into a crater. She wouldn't cross a room, but she had crossed a continent.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Grammar was the only place the girl could keep her father alive. Grammar was the only place the girl could keep her father alive.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: He gave the girl a blond-haired Barbie doll from lost and found ... The doll, He gave the girl a blond-haired Barbie doll from lost and found ... The doll, dressed in ballroom gown and tiara, appeared surprisingly chipper given her emaciated waistline.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: The future is the lie with which we justify the brutality of the present. The future is the lie with which we justify the brutality of the present.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Too young to explain in words, the girl's face was old enough to show the Too young to explain in words, the girl's face was old enough to show the loss that was that name.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Despite my best efforts, word that an American tourist was in town quickly made its Despite my best efforts, word that an American tourist was in town quickly made its way around Grozny. That I had come to Chechnya not for business or NGO work, but to see the sites and meet the people, was notable enough to be broadcast throughout the republic.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: I had assumed I'd pack my bags and head elsewhere after 'Constellation,' but Chechnya is I had assumed I'd pack my bags and head elsewhere after 'Constellation,' but Chechnya is creeping its way into the margins of my second book.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Don't insult me. Everyone knows a turtle is a crustacean on its mother's side. Don't insult me. Everyone knows a turtle is a crustacean on its mother's side.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: We twist our souls around each other's miseries. We twist our souls around each other's miseries.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Time became more important the closer to death one was, so an extra few hours Time became more important the closer to death one was, so an extra few hours to make peace with the world were worth more than years.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: For the years I spent working on it, 'Constellation' was the only novel I knew For the years I spent working on it, 'Constellation' was the only novel I knew how to write, so maybe I still abided by the maxim? Regardless, I prefer the maxim: Write what you want to know, rather than what you already know.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: A lizard fucks a crab and nine months later a turtle pops out. It's called A lizard fucks a crab and nine months later a turtle pops out. It's called evolution.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: How often is immense sadness mistaken for courage? How often is immense sadness mistaken for courage?
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Anthony Marra Sayings: The interrogation has succeeded; I am now an enemy of the state. ... I have The interrogation has succeeded; I am now an enemy of the state. ... I have become a violent act of reality inflicted upon the fiction of which we are both citizens. I want him to know that I understand this, that every thump of his truncheon hardens my resolve, that he has my permission.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: It's stupid. There are maps to show you how to get to the place where It's stupid. There are maps to show you how to get to the place where you want to be but no maps that show you how to get to the time when you want to be.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Those smooth, spit-cleaned cheeks gave no indication of the dreams crowding her skull. Should she Those smooth, spit-cleaned cheeks gave no indication of the dreams crowding her skull. Should she make it to adulthood, the girl would arrive with two hundred and six bones. Two and a half million sweat glands. Ninety-six thousand kilometers of blood vessels. Forty-six chromosomes. Seven meters of small intestines. Six hundred and six discrete muscles. One hundred billion cerebral neurons. Two kidneys. A liver. A heart. A hundred trillion cells that died and were replaced, again and again. But no matter how many ways she dismembered and quantified the body lying beside her, she couldn't say how many years the girl would wait before she married, if at all, or how many children she would have, if any; and between teh creation of this body and its end lay the mystery the girl would spend her life solving.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Nothing, she now knew, could be defined in exclusion, and every bug, pencil, and grass Nothing, she now knew, could be defined in exclusion, and every bug, pencil, and grass blade was a dictionary in itself, requiring the definitions of all things to fulfill its own.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Without electricity or gas, the kitchen became a twilight mausoleum of dead appliances. One day, Without electricity or gas, the kitchen became a twilight mausoleum of dead appliances. One day, Natasha had an idea. Wearing latex gloves she found in Sonja's room, she scrubbed the innards of the oven and refrigerator with steel wool and bleach. She cut a broomstick to the width of the refrigerator compartment, jammed it in below the thermostat control, and pulled out the plastic shelves. In her bedroom, she gathered clothes from the floor in sweeping armfuls and deposited them before the refrigerator and the oven. Ever since she had begun working for the shuttle trader, her wardrobe exceeded her closet space. She hung silk evening dresses and cashmere sweaters on the broomstick bar, set folded jeans and blouses on the oven rack. When finished, she opened the doors to her new closet and bureau and felt pleased with her ingenuity. This is how you will survive, she told herself. You will turn the holes in your life into storage space.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Grozny's been largely rebuilt. But at the same time, I think the war is very Grozny's been largely rebuilt. But at the same time, I think the war is very much being waged inside its survivors.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Sleep just a while longer, that's it, where else can you go where you neither Sleep just a while longer, that's it, where else can you go where you neither suffer nor cause suffering.
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Anthony Marra Sayings: Everything large enough to love eventually disappoints you, then betrays you, and finally, forgets you. Everything large enough to love eventually disappoints you, then betrays you, and finally, forgets you. But the things small enough to fit into a shoebox, these stay as they were.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Kilometers above, men who didn't know her name wanted to kill her Kilometers above, men who didn't know her name wanted to kill her
Anthony Marra Sayings: He had memorized the entire Qur'an and lectured on the nature of evil, which, like He had memorized the entire Qur'an and lectured on the nature of evil, which, like a shadow, cannot exist independently of the good silhouettes.
Anthony Marra Sayings: This changed when Khassan joined them, once every few months, as the invisible structure built This changed when Khassan joined them, once every few months, as the invisible structure built between them failed to support the weight of another man. p 140
Anthony Marra Sayings: There's no working radio tower in the country. It's all static," she said, without looking There's no working radio tower in the country. It's all static," she said, without looking to him. "I know. But 102.3 plays the best. Not too tinny. Full and robust. If a cello were to perform static, it would sound like this." She shook her head and turned the dial. "I prefer 93.9," she said. She still hadn't looked at him. "It's too thin and monotone. There's no variation. It just sounds like static." "And that's why I like it," she said. "It sounds like static is supposed to sound.
Anthony Marra Sayings: God had pulled her through a needle's eye so narrow that this thread in front God had pulled her through a needle's eye so narrow that this thread in front of them was all that remained.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Calvin and Hobbes are the only two characters from my childhood reading that I return Calvin and Hobbes are the only two characters from my childhood reading that I return to with any regularity, and they have grown with me, yielding newer and deeper meaning.
Anthony Marra Sayings: The short story that eventually grew into Constellation was the first fiction set in Russia The short story that eventually grew into Constellation was the first fiction set in Russia that I'd ever written, and that was right around the time I was giving up on a doomed, never-to-be-seen first novel. While I saw it could be something bigger, in hindsight fortuitous timing was as responsible as anything.
Anthony Marra Sayings: But Sonja was more freakish, more wondrously confounding than the one-armed guard; rather than limbs But Sonja was more freakish, more wondrously confounding than the one-armed guard; rather than limbs she had, somehow, amputated expectations. She didn't have a husband, or children, or a house to clean and care for. She was capable of the work, school, time, commitment, and everything else it took to run a hospital. So even if Sonja was curt and short-tempered, Havaa could forgive her these shortcomings, which were shortcomings only in that they were the opposite of what a woman was supposed to be. The thick, stern shell hid the defiance that was Sonja's life.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Those who have the bullets also have the bandages. Those who have the bullets also have the bandages.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Anytime I can get either of them really laughing, I immediately pull out a pad Anytime I can get either of them really laughing, I immediately pull out a pad of paper write the joke down, regardless of where we are or what we're doing. I must be absolutely insufferable.
Anthony Marra Sayings: They never said it, Ramzan never thanked him for it, but they both knew that They never said it, Ramzan never thanked him for it, but they both knew that the week he spent treating the infection was just that. If a stranger were to put his ear in the space between them, he would hear the dull roar of that knowledge.
Anthony Marra Sayings: You remain the hero of your own story even when you become the villain of You remain the hero of your own story even when you become the villain of someone else's.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Our children forever changed our relationships with our mothers. Pity replaced the mild contempt with Our children forever changed our relationships with our mothers. Pity replaced the mild contempt with which we had previously regarded them, and we loved them as we never had before, as we could only love ourselves, because despite our best intentions we had become them.
Anthony Marra Sayings: He's an excellent listener. Most cats are. Except Siameses, the chatty little bastards. I He's an excellent listener. Most cats are. Except Siameses, the chatty little bastards. I
Anthony Marra Sayings: The previous night, for the first time in a long time, he had felt whole, The previous night, for the first time in a long time, he had felt whole, and his eyes returned to the rearview, where his dignity was held within a few square centimeters of glass.
Anthony Marra Sayings: I read all of the nonfiction that I could find on Chechnya, and all the I read all of the nonfiction that I could find on Chechnya, and all the while, I was searching for a novel that was set there. I couldn't find a single novel written in English that was set in the period of the two most recent Chechen wars.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Research is not an obstacle, something to be frightened of. It can be one of Research is not an obstacle, something to be frightened of. It can be one of the real joys of writing.
Anthony Marra Sayings: There was a time when she had indulged in the hypothetical for hours a day, There was a time when she had indulged in the hypothetical for hours a day, plotting the map that had led her here. But no life is a line, and hers was an uneven orbit around a dark star, a moth circling a dead bulb, searching for the light it once held.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Maybe we try to find them in other people. In kindness and generosity; those things Maybe we try to find them in other people. In kindness and generosity; those things don't disappear.
Anthony Marra Sayings: On the other side of the village Havaa was studying the pale blue flowers on On the other side of the village Havaa was studying the pale blue flowers on her mother's skirt, annoyed she couldn't find them in the Caucasian flora guide. Why invent flowers when so many real ones would be honored to find their faces on a skirt?
Anthony Marra Sayings: Nothing in this or the next world was worse than physical pain. In the afterlife, Nothing in this or the next world was worse than physical pain. In the afterlife, as no more than a soul, he would be without a body to beat, skin to peel, blood to flow, eyes to gouge, fingernails to pry, lungs to drown, ventricles to stop, and so the retribution of God would always be gentler than the retribution of man.
Anthony Marra Sayings: After spending the last few years working on a serious novel set in Chechnya, I After spending the last few years working on a serious novel set in Chechnya, I was drawn to both the brevity and casualness of Twitter, and wrote a series of tweets titled 'The Erotic Inner Life of Mr. Bates from Downton Abbey.'
Anthony Marra Sayings: Kolya kissed her wide eyebrows, her neck, every square centimeter of her nose. The parts Kolya kissed her wide eyebrows, her neck, every square centimeter of her nose. The parts she mentally amputated were the ones he most adored. Beneath the sheets they were pale and naked and they pouched their hands in the warmth between their stomachs. They pressed together with a need that is never satisfied because we can't trade atoms how hard we thrust. Our hearts may skip but our substance remains fixed. We're not gaseous no matter how we sit to cloud together inseparably. Nothing less would have satisfied Kolya, nothing less than obliterating himself in her was sufficient.
Anthony Marra Sayings: ...saving a life and nurturing a life are different processes, and that to succeed in ...saving a life and nurturing a life are different processes, and that to succeed in the former one must dispense with the pathos of the latter.
Anthony Marra Sayings: There are so many paths to contentment if you're open to self-delusion. There are so many paths to contentment if you're open to self-delusion.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Her father was her door to the world; he was the singular opening through which Her father was her door to the world; he was the singular opening through which she saw, heard, and felt. Without him she didn't know what she saw, or what she heard, and what she felt; all she felt, was him gone.
Anthony Marra Sayings: It's hard to think of another body of work that is more universally beloved - It's hard to think of another body of work that is more universally beloved - I don't think I've ever met someone who has encountered 'Calvin and Hobbes' without falling for them.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Happiness came in moments of unpredictable loveliness. Happiness came in moments of unpredictable loveliness.
Anthony Marra Sayings: We took a sledgehammer to the rules of English and reassembled the pieces into a We took a sledgehammer to the rules of English and reassembled the pieces into a language only we understood.
Anthony Marra Sayings: The longing knotted into such a simple question was more than he could contemplate. The longing knotted into such a simple question was more than he could contemplate.
Anthony Marra Sayings: No one likes a braggart, and to praise your children is to curse them with No one likes a braggart, and to praise your children is to curse them with misfortune, but we admit it, if only in secret, if only to ourselves: We are proud, we are so proud of them. We've given them all we can, but our greatest gift has been to imprint upon them our own ordinariness. They may begrudge us, may think us unambitious and narrow-minded, but someday they will realize that what makes them unremarkable is what kept them alive.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Carrying that lumber the forty meters from the forest had left his knuckles blistered, his Carrying that lumber the forty meters from the forest had left his knuckles blistered, his underarms sopping, but now a few hours of flames had lifted what had taken him months to design, weeks to carry, days to build, all but the nails and rivets, all but the hinges and bolts, all into the sky.
Anthony Marra Sayings: The television dramas we grew up on, stories of star-crossed lovers, stories of love overcoming The television dramas we grew up on, stories of star-crossed lovers, stories of love overcoming all obstacles, well, they're all fairy tales, obviously, like the television news; but the obvious is only obvious when it happens to someone else.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Hipsterdom's a tightrope strung across the canyon of douche-baggery. He clung by a finger. Hipsterdom's a tightrope strung across the canyon of douche-baggery. He clung by a finger.
Anthony Marra Sayings: A meteorologist might beg to differ, but weather prediction was an act of infidel witchcraft A meteorologist might beg to differ, but weather prediction was an act of infidel witchcraft that could not be trusted.
Anthony Marra Sayings: The portrait artist must acknowledge human complexity with each brushstroke. The eyes, nose and mouth The portrait artist must acknowledge human complexity with each brushstroke. The eyes, nose and mouth that compose a sitter's face, just like the suffering and joy that compose his soul, are similar to those of ten million others yet still singular to him. This acknowledgment is where art begins. It may also be where mercy begins. If criminals drew the faces of their victims before perpetrating their crimes and judges drew the faces of the guilty before sentencing them, then there would be no faces for executioners to draw.
Anthony Marra Sayings: She ate quickly. Hunger was a sensation so long situated in his abdomen he felt She ate quickly. Hunger was a sensation so long situated in his abdomen he felt it as he would an inflamed organ. He took his time, tonguing the pulp into a little oval and resting it against his cheek like a lozenge. If the bread wouldn't fill his stomach, it might at least fill his mouth. The girl had finished half of hers before he took a second bite.
"You shouldn't rush'" he said. "There are no taste buds in your stomach."
She paused to consider his reasoning, then took another bite. "There's no hunger in your tongue," she mumbled between chews. Her cupped hand caught the crumbs and tossed them back in her mouth.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Chechnya forms the bookends to Tolstoy's career. He began writing his first novel, 'Childhood,' while Chechnya forms the bookends to Tolstoy's career. He began writing his first novel, 'Childhood,' while in Starogladovskaya in Northern Chechnya, and his final novel, 'Hadji Murad,' is set in the Russo-Chechen War of the 19th century.
Anthony Marra Sayings: You look at a surgeon as you would a secular priest, almost, if it's your You look at a surgeon as you would a secular priest, almost, if it's your child, if it's your sister on the operating table. That was an idea that very much has interested me and I've wanted to explore for some time.
Anthony Marra Sayings: For their entire lives, even before they met you, your mother and father held their For their entire lives, even before they met you, your mother and father held their love for you inside their hearts like an acorn holds an oak tree.
Anthony Marra Sayings: After crossing herself, she lay back on the divan and squirted a cool puddle of After crossing herself, she lay back on the divan and squirted a cool puddle of hand lotion from the bottle she'd brought from London. Invariably she would apply too much, and her hands would be slick and shiny in the candlelight as she asked for another pair with which to share the excess.
Anthony Marra Sayings: There was no one left to say whom you could love. p.294 There was no one left to say whom you could love. p.294
Anthony Marra Sayings: The past few months have been the most serene of his adult life. The megalopolis The past few months have been the most serene of his adult life. The megalopolis in his mind has quieted to a country road. He does his work, he eats his bread, and he sleeps with the knowledge that today hasn't added to the sum of human misery. For now at least it's peace of a kind he hadn't imagined himself worthy of receiving.
Anthony Marra Sayings: And in the middle of the lake the woman I'd spoken with floated on her And in the middle of the lake the woman I'd spoken with floated on her back, eyes closed, as if nothing in her many years had ever gone wrong.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Natasha tried to wedge herself into the conversation, but as usual the triangle would not Natasha tried to wedge herself into the conversation, but as usual the triangle would not widen into a square. p.302
Anthony Marra Sayings: Then tell me who Ronald McDonald is.""Very soon I'll have to apologize for calling you Then tell me who Ronald McDonald is."
"Very soon I'll have to apologize for calling you an idiot again.
Anthony Marra Sayings: If you work hard, and give up certain things, and yes, resort to bribery now If you work hard, and give up certain things, and yes, resort to bribery now and then, you'll be an arborist, or a sea anemonist, or anything else you want.
Anthony Marra Sayings: On December 9, 1994, Yeltsin issued a statement ordering the Federal army to execute the On December 9, 1994, Yeltsin issued a statement ordering the Federal army to execute the disarmament of all illegal armed units in Chechnya, or as they were known locally, the government.
Anthony Marra Sayings: On clear days we trudged through White Forest, a man-made woods of metal trees and On clear days we trudged through White Forest, a man-made woods of metal trees and plastic leaves constructed in the boon years of Brezhnev when the party boss's wife had grown nostalgic for the birches of her youth. By the time we trudged beneath them, however, the years had ravaged both the forest and the party boss's wife, and the plastic leaves above were as sagging and liver-spotted as her face. We went on. The mud was a mustard we plodded through. On the forest's far side we looked across the expanse of sulfurous waste stretching to the horizon. We shouted. We proclaimed. We didn't need to whisper out here. For a few short weeks in July, red wildflowers pushed through the oxidized waste and the whole earth simmered with apocalyptic beauty.
Anthony Marra Sayings: When he felt like a criminal, he reminded himself that a land without law is When he felt like a criminal, he reminded himself that a land without law is a land without crime.
Anthony Marra Sayings: For the first time in his life he believed without reservation in the existence of For the first time in his life he believed without reservation in the existence of a kind and generous God, as desert thirst teaches one to believe in rain.
Anthony Marra Sayings: She stood back and wiped the sweat-sting from her eyes. The air was clean. Her She stood back and wiped the sweat-sting from her eyes. The air was clean. Her hands brown with dirt. Pride surged through her, raw and immense; she had believed happiness to be an absence - of fear, of pain, of grief - but here it roared in her as powerful as any sadness.
Anthony Marra Sayings: She praised his book and he embraced her from gratitude rather than lust, but she She praised his book and he embraced her from gratitude rather than lust, but she didn't let go. Neither did he. She kissed his cheek, his earlobe. For months they'd run their fingers around the hem of their affection without once acknowledging the fabric. The circumference of the world tightened to what their arms encompassed. She sat on the desk, between the columns of read and unread manuscript, and pulled him toward her by his index fingers.
Anthony Marra Sayings: The calcium in collarbones I have kissed. The iron in the blood flushing those cheeks. The calcium in collarbones I have kissed. The iron in the blood flushing those cheeks. We imprint our intimacies upon atoms born from an explosion so great it still marks the emptiness of space. A shimmer of photons bears the memory across the long dark amnesia. We will be carried too, mysterious particles that we are.
Anthony Marra Sayings: She knew better than to challenge a man who spent his life preparing for the She knew better than to challenge a man who spent his life preparing for the apocalypse.
Anthony Marra Sayings: F you want to keep a man, you better hide his shoes every night so F you want to keep a man, you better hide his shoes every night so he can't walk out on you.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Sometimes it bursts from your imagination fully formed, sometimes you absorb from nonfiction, sometimes you're Sometimes it bursts from your imagination fully formed, sometimes you absorb from nonfiction, sometimes you're able to imprint your own autobiographical experiences on a world you never yourself were a part of. A decent number of the one-liners in the title story originally came up in conversations with my girlfriend or my neighbor.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Everyone knew Sonja was destined for great things, but no one knew what to do Everyone knew Sonja was destined for great things, but no one knew what to do with her until then. Even in academia, her natural habitat, she was an exotic species. Though her Russianness gave her certain dispensations, the idea that a young woman of any ethnicity could so excel in the hard sciences was a far-fetched fantasy. Their parents encouraged her at a distance. Neither understood the molecular formulas, electromagnetic fields, or anatomical minutiae that so captivated her, and so their support came by way of well-intentioned, inadequate generalities. Even after Sonja graduated secondary school at the top of her class and matriculated to the city university biology department, their parents found more to love in Natasha. Sonja's gifts were too complex to be understood, and therefore less desirable. Natasha was beautiful and charming. They didn't need MDs to know how to be proud of her.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Usually I spend a long while working alone before letting anyone read what I've written. Usually I spend a long while working alone before letting anyone read what I've written.
Anthony Marra Sayings: Medical miracles are the only miracles most of us will ever see." He Medical miracles are the only miracles most of us will ever see." He