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Being Dead

Being Dead

A Novel

Jim Crace

Farrar, Straus and Giroux


National Book Critics Circle Awards Winner


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."

National Book Critics Circle Awards Winner, ALA Notable Books - Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award - Winner


Praise for Being Dead

“A work of near-genius . . . [by] one of the most distinctive and talented writers of our time.” —Justin Cartwright, Literary Review

“Magnificent.” —Caroline Moore, The Sunday Telegraph

“A brilliant, astonishing novel.” —The Times (London)

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About the author

Jim Crace

Jim Crace is the author of six novels, including Quarantine (FSG, 1997), which won the 1997 Whitbread Novel of the Year Award and was short-listed for the Booker Prize. He lives in England.

Jim Crace

Jim Crace

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