ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE BEAST IN BERLIN
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ALEISTER CROWLEY: THE BEAST IN BERLIN
Art, Sex, and Magick in the Weimar Republic

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 others. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley's years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British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 colourful 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.

· Examines Crowley's focus on his art, his work as a spy for British intelligence, his colourful 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

More Information
  • Published : 30/06/2014
  • ISBN : 9781620552568
  • Format : Hardback
  • Imprint : Inner Traditions
  • Size (mm): 152 x 229
  • Category: Biography
  • Pages : 416
  • Edition :
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