Character Foretastes – The Tsar of Love and Techno

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Anthony Marra‘s first novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, won multiple awards including the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, the 2014 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, as well as the inaugural 2014 Carla Furstenberg Cohen Fiction Award.


The TSar of Love and TechnoIn late 2015, Marra released an equally award-worthy collection of short stories: The Tsar of Love and Techno

I recently studied Marra’s latest to understand his disjointed timeline and slow character reveals: The Tsar of Love and Techno – Character Introductions.

While my craft analysis may not appeal to all readers, I recommend The Tsar of Love and Techno to all for its language, structure, insights into the Soviet era, and the reverberations of  personal decisions through generations. Presented across decades and in multiple voices, the collection flows with the easy digressions one might experience in a long evening’s conversation with a friend.

Please share your thoughts on Marra’s work below. Criticism is as welcome as compliments.