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Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

Aleister Crowley The Beast in Berlin Art Sex and Magick in the Weimar Republic A biographical history of Aleister Crowley s activities in Berlin from to as Hitler was rising to power Examines Crowley s focus on his art his work as a spy for British Intelligence his c

  • Title: Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic
  • Author: Tobias Churton Frank van Lamoen Aleister Crowley
  • ISBN: 9781620552568
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A biographical history of Aleister Crowley s activities in Berlin from 1930 to 1932 as Hitler was rising to power Examines Crowley s focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with magical orders Explores Crowley s relationships with Berlin s artists, filmmakers, writers, and performersA biographical history of Aleister Crowley s activities in Berlin from 1930 to 1932 as Hitler was rising to power Examines Crowley s focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with magical orders Explores Crowley s relationships with Berlin s artists, filmmakers, writers, and performers such as Christopher Isherwood, Jean Ross, and Aldous Huxley Recounts the fates of Crowley s friends and colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley s lost art exhibition Gnostic poet, painter, writer, and magician Aleister Crowley arrived in Berlin on April 18, 1930 As prophet of his syncretic religion Thelema, he wanted to be among the leaders of art and thought, and Berlin, the liberated future gazing metropolis, wanted him There he would live, until his hurried departure on June 22, 1932, as Hitler was rapidly rising to power and the black curtain of intolerance came down upon the city Known to his friends affectionately as The Beast, Crowley saw the closing lights of Berlin s artistic renaissance of the Weimar period when Berlin played host to many of the world s most outstanding artists, writers, filmmakers, performers, composers, architects, philosophers, and scientists, including Albert Einstein, Bertolt Brecht, Ethel Mannin, Otto Dix, Aldous Huxley, Jean Ross, Christopher Isherwood, and many other luminaries of a glittering world soon to be trampled into the mud by the global bloodbath of World War II Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley s years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British Intelligence, his colorful love life and sex magick exploits, and his contacts with German Theosophy, Freemasonry, and magical orders He recounts the fates of Crowley s colleagues under the Nazis as well as what happened to Crowley s lost art exhibition six crates of paintings left behind in Germany as the Gestapo was closing in Revealing the real Crowley long hidden from the historical record, Churton presents the Beast anew in all his ambiguous and, for some, terrifying glory, at a blazing, seminal moment in the history of the world.

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    1 thought on “Aleister Crowley: The Beast in Berlin: Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

    1. When I first started reading this, the quality of the writing made me imagine that Geraldo Rivera was narrating it. Eventually, it became engrossing, and I was fascinated by the information and the letters exchanged among the OTO members (and others). However, the last chapter is little but psychobabble and the 11th chapter seems a bit off.

    2. If you're not already highly familiar with the life of Aleister Crowley ( which I was not, and am still not ) than this book may not be for you. I got about 80 pages in and was totally lost. It picks up later in Crowley's life and talks about his history as if the reader knows all of this. Good luck

    3. d then he went to Berlin. Filled in the blanks well. The author wasn't objective, but that was fine. Many books are so heavily weighted one way or the other, a slight positive spin was ok.

    4. A fantastic exploration of Crowley in his early 50s as a struggling artist in Berlin. The author does a brilliant job in portraying the character of Crowley as well as exposing his thinking during that period in his life. Although the energies of Germany matched his Crowley did well to get out just in time before the political scene grew very dark. Fantastic piece of research.

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