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

By: Tobias Churton (author)Hardback

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 Drawing on previously unpublished letters and diary material by Crowley, Tobias Churton examines Crowley's years in Berlin and his intense focus on his art, his work as a spy for British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

About Author

Tobias Churton is Honorary Fellow of Exeter University, where he is faculty lecturer in Rosicrucianism and Freemasonry. He holds a master's degree in Theology from Brasenose College, Oxford, and is the author of many books, including Gnostic Philosophy and Aleister Crowley: The Biography. He lives in England.


Foreword: Degenerate Berlin by Frank van Lamoen Assistant Curator, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam Acknowledgments Dramatis Personae -- WHO'S WHO IN THE BEAST IN BERLIN ONE -- SCOOP! TWO -- Selling Aleister Crowley THREE -- The New Age in Germany Theosophy in Germany Aleister Crowley Meets the German New Age FOUR -- Karl Germer and the Weida Conference Arrival at Hohenleuben Karl Germer Thelema Verlag Dr. Peithmann Return to Hohenleuben FIVE -- Cosmopolis--City of the Future SIX -- Good-Bye to All That Hello Again to All That SEVEN -- Kings in Exile Are Always Beggars The Stunt Hits the Fan EIGHT-- Quantum Magus "Nick" Carter and the Case of the Reappearing Wife NINE -- An Old Master Modern Art in Berlin The Artist in the Beast TEN -- Hanni Jaeger, Save Our Souls ELEVEN -- Thoroughly Modern Magus The Ninth Degree (IX Degrees) TWELVE -- The Last Summer of Freedom Blunderstorm Flechtheim Werner Alvo Konstantin August von Alvensleben THIRTEEN -- Toward the Exhibition The World from Below Marcellus and Margo Schiffer FOURTEEN -- Porza! Mali and Igel FIFTEEN -- Hope of Harvest The Great Crowley Movie Connection SIXTEEN -- Spying Ethel Mannin SEVENTEEN -- Last Orders Jean Ross Discovery of the Neutron EIGHTEEN -- Lost Time Lost Paintings NINETEEN -- Lost People Before Hitler Was, I Am TWENTY -- Rebirth--The Spirit Can Return Notes Bibliography Index

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  • ISBN13: 9781620552568
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9781620552568
  • weight: 751
  • ISBN10: 1620552566

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