A family story with a difference

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Jeffrey Eugenides Middlesex (Bloomsbury, October, &#163;16.99, 0747560234)</p><p>
Jeffrey Eugenides, the American author of The Virgin Suicides, returns with the story of Calliope Stephanides, a hermaphrodite growing up in the USA in the 1970s.</p><p>
"I think we are all fascinated by a character that is able to live both genders and know the world from the other side. The circumstance that led me directly to the subject was reading The Memoirs of a 19th century Hermaphrodite, the diary of Alexina Barbin, which Michel Foucault translated in the 1970s. It was unsatisfying in terms of nar...

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