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Mendel's Dwarf


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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.


Hailed by the "New Yorker" as a "furious, tender, and wittily erudite (novel), " "Mendel's Dwarf" explores the brave new world of genetic science and the depths of the human heart.

About the Author

Simon Mawer earned a graduate degree in zoology from Oxford University. He is the author of four previous books published in England, including Chimera, which won the McKitterick prize for a first novel. He lives and teaches in Rome.

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Mawer, Simon
Penguin Books
Literature-A to Z
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from 12
7.76x5.22x.74 in. .59 lbs.
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