I wish my wife was dead

Transatlantic Review, winter 1969-70. This number of the journal includes the Anthony Burgess short story ‘I wish my wife was dead’. It is dated 1969, a year after the death of Burgess’s first wife, but was possibly written while she was still alive and when he was conducting an affair with the woman who was to become his second wife. The protagonist is a man called Sturges: ‘What women novelists call “the hour after love” was over, and it was time for Sturges to go home to his wife and, the plaint about the stress of his managerial duties unheeded, be nagged and nagged and nagged at, nagged and nagged and nagged and nagged at through supper, through the TV, till, perhaps after, lights out.’

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