Being Dead by Jim Crace
A Novel

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A haunting new novel about love, death, and the afterlife, from the author of Quarantine

Baritone Bay, mid-afternoon. A couple, naked, married almost thirty years, are lying murdered in the dunes.

"Their bodies had expired, but anyone could tell--just look at them--that Joseph and Celice were still devoted. For while his hand was touching her, curved round her shin, the couple seemed to have achieved that peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder. Anyone who found them there, so wickedly disfigured, would nevertheless be bound to see that something of their love had survived the death of cells. The corpses were surrendered to the weather and the earth, but they were still a man and wife, quietly resting; flesh on flesh; dead, but not departed yet."


About Jim Crace

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JIM CRACE is the author of ten previous novels. Being Dead was shortlisted for the 1999 Whitbread Fiction Prize and won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2000. In 1997, Quarantine was named the Whitbread Novel of the Year and was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Jim Crace has also received the Whitbread First Novel Prize, the E. M. Forster Award, and the Guardian Fiction Prize. He lives in Birmingham, England.

Author Residence: Birmingham, England

Author Hometown: Hertfordshire, England
Published April 2, 2000 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 210 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Crace didn't disappoint me with his newest novel, BEING DEAD, a bare, honest novel but one filled with life and color (however dark those colors might be).

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Entertainment Weekly

''Death likes blue skies,'' notes Jim Crace, the author of the haunting novel Being Dead, which opens with the random, brutal murder of an older married couple during a picnic on a beach.

Apr 21 2000 | Read Full Review of Being Dead: A Novel

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