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Translated from the English by Barbara Lüdemann. Oryx and Crake live in a not so distant future, in a world that is constantly threatened by environmental disasters. The sea level has already risen dramatically and the coastal cities have fallen victim to the water. The majority of the people live in the dilapidated cities, where the epidemics threaten to spread more and more. Crake is a scientist working to develop new drugs to immunize people. But Crake, a genius at genetic engineering, has plans of his own beyond that. A race against the end of mankind begins ...

Review note for the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, 07/07/2003

Despite the fact that the book is a bestseller, Dietmar Dath has nothing to do with the Canadian author's "fabulous world extrapolated out of all the terrible worries of housewives". In his view, the satirical science fiction contains hardly anything that other authors have not "thought better, written more beautifully, risked more passionately and put together more carefully". The "thought maker" Margaret Atwood provides a lot of questions including "smart answers, solutions and information", but the whole thing in "pointless, agonizing breadth" and with stylistic devices that are neither new nor particularly original. Our reviewer (apparently a strict refusal to consume) finds the fact that so many "troubles" buy the book because they "only need something for the heart to make stupid money and consume" is much more frightening than Atwood's "uninspired grip on the out of tune strings of Kassandra's broken E -Guitar".
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Review note on Neue Zürcher Zeitung, July 1st, 2003

Thomas Leuchtenmüller thinks that "Canada's most important author" has described a grandiose anti-utopia in this novel: In the not too distant future the last person will vegetate on a tree and either worry about the next meal or meditate on how things have happened our reviewer says. He admires how elegantly the "achronological retrospectives" are woven. Before the catastrophe, the protagonist had a love triangle with the East Asian Oryx and the ingenious genetic manipulator Crake. Leuchtenmüller is particularly fascinated by the "linguistic fireworks" with which the "trained word acrobat" Atwood underlines her "knowledge-enhancing satire". However, she is always careful to ensure that her inventions, including a speaking toaster, "already exist today in a similar form". Precisely because Atwood avoids extremes, the developments described seem so alarmingly plausible to the reviewer.

Review note on Frankfurter Rundschau, June 24, 2003

Margaret Atwood has written "Oryx and Crake", a utopian novel in the tradition of George Orwell, which impresses the critic Christiane Zschirnt in literary terms, but not in terms of morality. Not because Atwood, with its criticism of civilization and satire on genetic engineering, possesses the wrong morality, but because it makes itself morally unassailable. "You can only agree with concern," complains Zschirnt. Thank goodness Atwood gives the literary critic still to do: because in addition to the moral-satirical level, "Oryx and Crake" contains a second, more complex one with a "gripping narrative", according to Zschirnt. About the end of the age of stories, of telling. The novel is an original and convincing plea for the necessity of storytelling, but also a romance novel, writes the reviewer, who nevertheless feels strangely untouched by Atwood's mixture of moral commitment and black humor.