Ruth Scurr is a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow at Cambridge University. She is writing a book about Robespierre. (April 2004)

IN THE REVIEW

Homo Erectus

Genesis

by Jim Crace
Human life is framed by two great mysteries. In Being Dead (1999), the British novelist Jim Crace gives a wholly secular answer to the question “What happens when we die?” Tightly organized, the novel centers on the elaborate conceit of a middle-aged married couple, brutally murdered on a beach, and …