A Severed Head, Paperback
5 out of 5 (1 rating)


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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I think it's quite funny that a writer like Iris Murdoch could possibly be 'awarded' three and a half points for one of her books; let alone this one which is as skilled a piece of novel writing as one could find in the 20th Century. The story is farce, the relationships are improbable and the characters are powerful in their simplicity, but the execution is razor sharp.

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