Hailed by the New Yorker as "furious, tender, and wittily erudite," Mendel's Dwarf is a novel that explores the brave new world of genetic science and the depths of the human heart.
Like his great, great uncle, the early genetic Hailed by the New Yorker as "furious, tender, and wittily erudite," Mendel's Dwarf is a novel that explores the brave new world of genetic science and the depths of the human heart.
Like his great, great uncle, the early geneticist Gregor Mendel, Dr. Benedict Lambert is struggling to unlock the secrets of heredity. But Benedict's mission is particularly urgent and particularly personal, for he is afflicted with achondroplasia--he's a dwarf. He's also a man desperate for love. And when he finds it in the form of Jean--simple and shy--he stumbles upon an opportunity to correct the injustice of his own capricious genes. As intelligent as it is entertaining, this witty and surprisingly erotic novel reveals the beauty and drama of scientific inquiry as it informs us of the simple passions against which even the most brilliant mind is rendered powerless.
"Hypersmart and delectably stylish." -- Esquire
"Simon Mawer writes beautifully, and the pleasure of his novel comes from the chance to watch him consider the mystery of the world, to report on the clarity with which nature speaks to us." --The New York Times Book Review
"Call it a hybrid, call it a mutation, it's all grand scientific adventure and a tragic human love story combined, as idiosyncratic and mysterious in its own way as the first gene formed out of cosmic dust." --The Philadelphia Inquirer...Continua Nascondi