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Sybarite Among the Shadows: Dylan Thomas, Aleister Crowley and Victor Neuburg Caught in a Surrealist Web Paperback – 21 Sep 2004

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Product details

  • Paperback: 212 pages
  • Publisher: Mandrake (21 Sept. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1869928822
  • ISBN-13: 978-1869928827
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,236,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Full of fascinating nuggets. Neuburg's crisis of identity with AC is very well observed. -- Snoo Wilson

McNeff's novel is so different from anything else you'd normally should perhaps be a compulsory purchase. -- The Independent on Sunday, April 17, 2005

Plot by Buchan; characters by Beardsley; setting Art Deco - you couldn't do better than that. -- Wormwood (Volume 4)

Richard McNeff has faced up to the task with aplomb and realistically recreates Crowley in all his bizarre, mesmerizing complexity. -- Martin Booth

From the Inside Flap

Aleister Crowley, mountaineer, mage and magician, has been the basis for a
number of fictional characters - Somerset Maugham's Oliver Haddo, M. R.
James' Karswell, Anthony Powell's Scorpio Murtlock, Dennis Wheatley's Mocata
and even Ian Fleming's Le Chiffre in the first James Bond story, Casino
Royale. Rarely has he appeared in fiction as himself. Here, in a highly
researched story based upon his relationship with his acolyte, Victor
Neuburg, he is himself in all his occult and charismatic glory - a
manipulative, overbearing, bizarre yet compelling character. Fiction could
hardly have invented him: he is a gift of a character to any novelist and
Richard McNeff has accepted him, unwrapped the parcel and given him his
Martin Booth

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