Genesis: A Novel

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Macmillan, Nov 1, 2004 - Fiction - 256 pages
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A major new novel about sex and the citizen by the award-winning author of Being Dead

The timid life of actor Felix Dern is uncorrupted by Hollywood, where his success has not yet been shackled with any intrusive fame. But in the theaters and the restaurants of his own city, "Lix" is celebrated and admired for his looks, for his voice, and for his unblemished private life. He has succeeded in courting popularity everywhere, this handsome hero of the left, this charming darling of the right, this ever-twisting weather vane.

A perfect life? No, he is blighted. He has been blighted since his teens, for every woman he sleeps with bears his child. So now it is Mouetta's turn. Their baby's due in May. Lix wants to say he feels besieged. Another child? To be so fertile is a curse...

In Genesis, Jim Crace, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and the Whitbread Novel of the Year, charts the sexual history of a loving, baffled man, the sexual emancipation of a city, and the sexual ambiguities of humankind.

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User Review  - Felonious - Goodreads

I usually find Jim Crace's writing beautiful and poetic. Not even his writing saved this story for me. This is a story about the conception of one man's children and the emotion, frame of mind (of ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jeanne - Goodreads

The main character gets every woman he sleeps with pregnant. This is his story of how each of his children came to be. I enjoy this guy's writing. It's very poetic at times. A "manly" look at things. . . I wonder if it's truthful. Read full review

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About the author (2004)

Jim Crace is the author of seven previous novels, including Being Dead (FSG, 2000) which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction, and, most recently, The Devil's Larder (FSG, 2001). He lives in Birmingham, England.

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