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Now available in an elegant paperback, Robert Olen Butler's acclaimed collection, Severance, depicts the final thoughts of people as they are losing their heads. Celebrated as "glorious" (Los Angeles Times), these fascinating stories reveal "the limitless will of the author's imagination" (New York Times). Here are the imagined ultimate words of famous and invented figures-Medusa, Sir Walter Raleigh, Anne Boleyn, Jayne Mansfield, and a chicken, beheaded for Sunday dinner.
Publisher: San Francisco, CA : Chronicle Books Llc, 2008.
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9780811860987
Characteristics: 263 pages ; 18 cm


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Mar 09, 2009

This compelling book puts forward the theory that for one minute and a half after being decapitated, the human head remains conscious. And Robert Olen Butler has taken that stance to portray famous and not so famous people in the moments just after their supposed demise to give us an idea of what was going through their now liberated noggin. Some of it is odd, some of it is understandable, and some it is fateful. But altogether it is a gruesome ponderance that produces a chilling record of one of the worst ways to die.

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