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review 2018-02-18 18:53
Rezension | Ein abgetrennter Kopf von Iris Murdoch
Ein abgetrennter Kopf: Roman - Iris Murd... Ein abgetrennter Kopf: Roman - Iris Murdoch,Maria Hummitzsch

Beschreibung

 

Martin liebt seine wunderschöne Ehefrau über alles und ist mit ihrer Beziehung überglücklich. Vollkommen macht sein Glück die aufregende Zeit mit seiner Geliebten. Doch als Martin überraschenderweise von seiner Frau verlassen wird, gerät Martin ins schwanken und er muss seine Emotionen Stück für Stückchen sammeln. Als dann auch noch mit Honor Klein eine weitere Frau in sein Leben tritt ist das Chaos vorprogrammiert.

 

Meine Meinung

 

Iris Murdochs Klassiker “Ein abgetrennter Kopf” wurde 1961 zum zum ersten Mal veröffentlicht. Der Piper Verlag hat das Werk nun mit einer neuen Übersetzung von Maria Hummitzsch frisch aufgelegt. Das Buch hinterlässt durch seinen Leineneinband in der hübschen helltürkisenen Farbe einen hochwertigen ersten Eindruck und liegt während des Lesens angenehm in der Hand. Das Coverbild zeigt eine Rose umrahmt von zwei Samurai Schwertern, was nicht nur meinem persönlichen Geschmack trifft, sondern auch gleichzeitig sehr gut zum Buchinhalt passt.

 

Der Klappentext verspricht eine »…vergnügliche wie hypnotisierende Geschichte über die Metaphysik der Liebe« und setzte alleine damit bei mir hohe Ansprüche an die Lektüre frei.

Was soll ich sagen? Iris Murdoch hat mir mit ihrer charmanten Geschichte über Ehe, Liebschaften und Liebesbeziehungen im Allgemeinen ein wunderbares Wechselbad der Gefühle bereitet. Freude und Glück tanzen mit der Nachdenklichkeit einer veränderten Beziehungskonstellation und schließen mit dem humorvollen Irrwitz aller Beteiligten. Zudem hat Iris Murdoch mit gespitzter Feder Charaktere mit Ecken und Kanten erschaffen die mit ihrer speziellen und dennoch bürgerlich anmutenden Art polarisieren.

 

“Ein abgetrennter Kopf” ist eine äußerst gelungene Gessellschaftskomödie in der die möglichsten und unmöglichsten Varianten der Liebe ihren Auftritt haben. Allen voran Hauptprotagonist Martin der am liebsten mit seiner Frau Antonia und seiner Geliebten weiterhin glücklich gewesen wäre, wenn die darauf folgenden Umstände sein Liebeskonstrukt nicht zu einem mitreisenden Kammerspiel gemacht hätten.

 

Für mich ist Iris Murdoch eine glänzende Autorenentdeckung und “Ein abgetrennter Kopf” bestimmt nicht das letzte Buch das ich von ihr gelesen habe.

 

Fazit

 

Ein raffiniertes Spiel mit Emotionen, Lust und Liebe.

Source: www.bellaswonderworld.de/rezensionen/rezension-ein-abgetrennter-kopf-von-iris-murdoch
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review 2016-01-18 01:23
The Flight from the Enchanter by Iris Murdoch
The Flight from the Enchanter - Iris Murdoch
bookshelves: paper-read, published-1956, winter-20152016, lit-richer, lit-richer-jan-2016, under-1000-ratings, tragedy
Read from December 16, 2015 to January 17, 2016

 

Description: Annette runs away from her finishing school but learns more than she bargained for in the real world beyond; the fierce and melancholy Rosa is torn between two Polish brothers; Peter is obsessed by an indecipherable ancient script. This is a story of a group of people under a spell, and the centre of it all is the mysterious Mischa Fox, the enchanter.

Opening: It was about three o'clock on a Friday afternoon when Annette decided to leave school. An Italian lesson was in progress. In an affected high-pitched voice the Italian tutor was reading aloud throm the twelfth canto of the Inferno.

My copy is the 3'6d 1964 Penguin edition. All the zest for writing is still apparent in this second book, enthusiam radiates off the page. Thoroughly enjoyed this weekend read, tucked up warm against the minus 18C.

"Blick is the dark half of Misha Fox's mind. He does the things that Mischa doesn't even think of. That's how Mischa can be so innocent."

3* Under the Net (1954)
3* The Flight from the Enchanter (1956)
O The Sandcastle (1957)
5* The Bell (1958)
WL The Unicorn(1963)
O An Unofficial Rose (1962)
TR The Nice and the Good (1968)
5* A Severed Head(1971)
5* The Black Prince(1973)
5* The Sacred and Profane Love Machine(1974)
5* A Word Child(1978)
5* The Sea, the Sea (1978)

4* Existentialists and Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature
4* Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995
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text 2016-01-09 18:02
The Iris Project

It was a lot of fun reading all the novels of Graham Greene in 2014/15, but having completed my Greeneland challenge, I'm itching to get off to new adventures.

 

For the next project, I am planning to explore the works of Iris Murdoch. I'm not sure, yet, that I'll read all of her books. At least, I am going to commit to reading the ones I already own.

 

Years ago, I picked up a stack of Murdoch's books from a secondhand book shop, and although I have read a few of them, most are still sitting on my shelf. It's time.

 

 

 

So, without further hesitation, here we go...

 

No time limit, no rules, no particular order - this is just for the plain fun of it.

 

  • Under the Net (1954) - Review - 3*
  • The Flight from the Enchanter (1956)
  • The Sandcastle (1957)
  • The Bell (1958) - (no review as read before BL) - 3.5*
  • A Severed Head (1961) - TBR
  • An Unofficial Rose (1962)
  • The Unicorn (1963)
  • The Italian Girl (1964) - TBR
  • The Red and the Green (1965) - TBR
  • The Time of the Angels (1966) - TBR
  • The Nice and the Good (1968) - TBR
  • Bruno's Dream (1969)
  • A Fairly Honourable Defeat (1970) -TBR
  • An Accidental Man (1971)
  • The Black Prince (1973)
  • The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (1974)
  • A Word Child (1975)
  • Henry and Cato (1976)
  • The Sea, the Sea (1978) - (no review as read before BL) - 4.5*
  • Nuns and Soldiers (1980)
  • The Philosopher's Pupil (1983) - (no review as read before BL) - 4.5*
  • The Good Apprentice (1985)
  • The Book and the Brotherhood (1987)
  • The Message to the Planet (1989) - Review - 2*
  • The Green Knight (1993)
  • Jackson's Dilemma (1995) - (no review as read before BL) - 2*
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review 2015-12-06 18:06
Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995 by Iris Murdoch
Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch 1934-1995 by Iris Murdoch (2015-11-05) - Iris Murdoch;
bookshelves: autumn-2015, epistolatory-diary-blog, nonfic-nov-2015, nonfiction, published-2015, radio-4
Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners
Read from November 16 to 28, 2015

 

BOTW

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06pssb5

Description: Throughout her life, Iris Murdoch wrote thousands of letters. Mostly to friends and lovers.

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 to Hughes and Rene Murdoch. While still a baby the family moved to west London. In 1938, Murdoch won a place at Somerville College, Oxford, where she read classics. After gaining her first-class degree, wartime work in the Treasury ensued before, in 1944, she joined the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration and was posted to Belgium and Austria, where she worked helping those displaced by the war.

Murdoch left UNRRA in 1946 and, after a year's postgraduate studies at Newnham College, Cambridge, was appointed as a philosophy tutor at At Anne's College, Oxford. In 1954, while still at St Anne's, Murdoch debut novel Under The Net was published.

In a writing career that spanned over 40 years, Murdoch published 26 novels, five books on philosophy, six plays and two books of poetry. Her novel The Sea, The Sea won the 1978 Booker Prize and, in 1987, she was made a Dame. She remains one of the most celebrated British novelists of the 20th century.


1: This episode focuses on her years as an Oxford undergraduate when she was full of hope and political idealism.

2: In this episode, which embraces the years 1942-1944 when Murdoch was working at the Treasury, the letters to her Oxford friend, Frank Thompson, are particularly poignant.

3: Iris Murdoch had not seen David Hicks since 1938 when they were both at Oxford, but she continued to write until, in November 1945, they finally met up again. This time in London and with dramatic consequences.

4: For 30 years, the French writer Raymond Queneau and Iris Murdoch exchanged letters. The Frenchman was her muse and, in Murdoch's chaotic private life, perhaps the one constant.

5: Iris Murdoch and Brigid Brophy had an intimate friendship for many years, but Murdoch's letters reveal how volatile the relationship could be.

'Frank Thompson is better known in Britain as brother of the historian EP Thompson, but in Bulgaria he is a national hero. Attached during the second world war to Special Operations Executive (SOE), he was parachuted into the Balkans to work with Bulgarian partisans; after two weeks of eating salted leaves and live wood-snails, he was captured, tortured and murdered by the Nazis.'Source

Raymond Queneau a French novelist, poet, and co-founder of Oulipo (Ouvroir de littérature potentielle), notable for his wit and cynical humour.

The music used on this programme is Near Light by Ólafur Arnalds
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