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A Severed Head

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This edition was published in by Penguin in New York, USA.

Written in English

208 pages

Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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1964, Chatto & Windus
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A severed head
1964, S. French
in English
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A severed head: a play in three acts
1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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Cover of: A severed head
A severed head: a play in 3 acts
1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A severed head: a play in three acts
1964, Chatto & Windus
in English
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A Severed Head
August 26, 1963, Penguin (Non-Classics)
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A severed head: a novel.
1961, Viking Press
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A Severed Head
January 1, 1961, Vintage/Ebury (A Division of Random House Group)
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A severed head.
1961, Penguin Books in association with Chatto & Windus
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A Severed Head
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A severed head: a novel
1961, Chatto & Windus
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1961, Chatto & Windus
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A Severed Head

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Work Description

Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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'You're sure she doesn't know,' said Georgie.
added by lalala. "first sentence"
Violence, except on the screen, is always pathetic, ludicrous, and beastly.
Page 145, added by lalala. "Stood out to me"
I am a severed head such as primitive tribes and old alchemists used to use, anointing it with oil and putting a morsel of gold upon its tongue to make it utter prophecies. And who knows but that long acquaintance with a severed head might not lead to strange knowledge.
Page 182, added by lalala. "First mention of severed head as in the title"

A Severed Head

This edition was published in by Penguin in New York, USA.


First Sentence

"'YOU'RE sure she doesn't know,' said Georgie."

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
1961

The Physical Object

Format
Paperback
Pagination
204p.
Number of pages
208
Dimensions
7.5 x 5 x 0.7 inches
Weight
5.6 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL9300552M
ISBN 10
0140020039
ISBN 13
9780140020038
Library Thing
5200
Goodreads
11253

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