Being Dead by Jim Crace

Being Dead is a novel by the English writer Jim Crace, published in 1999. Its principal characters are married zoologists Joseph and Celice and their daughter Syl. The story tells of how Joseph and Celice, on a day trip to the dunes where they met as students, are murdered by an opportunistic thief. Their bodies lie undiscovered for several days, during the course of which their estranged daughter is made aware of their disappearance and, eventually, discovery. The novel dwells heavily on the themes of bodily decomposition and filial bereavement. It was highly praised upon publication and won the 2000 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. The New York Times selected it as an Editor's Choice of the Year.

The 2072nd greatest fiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - National Book Critics Circle Award - Fiction (National Book Critics Circle)

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Being Dead Paperback 1037194 $9.00 $1.30 2001
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Being Dead: A Novel Kindle Edition 192224 $7.99 2000
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Being Dead: A Novel Hardcover 1817010 $9.95 $0.10 2000