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Lazarus is Dead

In this extract from his latest novel Richard Beard casts a "hyper-rational eye” on the Bible story of Lazarus rising from the dead

By Richard Beard   July 2011

Richard Beard is director of The National Academy of Writing, and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. In his fifth novel Lazarus is Dead, from which this excerpt is taken, he sets out to bring “a hyper-rational eye” to the Bible story of Lazarus rising from the dead. He uses fictional sources (such as lives of the saints, paintings, and opera) to create a biography of Lazarus the man. He is not a Christian, but holds that “Christianity has a lot left in it for those interested in storytelling.” He adds: “The debate about Christianity has…

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