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Being Dead: A Novel

 
 
 
 
Being Dead: A Novel
Author: Jim Crace
ISBN 13: 9780312275426
ISBN 10: 312275420
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: 2001-03-21
Format: Paperback
Pages: 208
List Price: $18.00
 
 

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.

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A middle-aged married couple is found murdered in the beachside dunes in this "fascinating, well-written" novel exploring love, death, and the afterlife. "At once a murder mystery, a romance, a coming-of-age story, and a scientific journal entry. Quite a unique read."