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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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  • 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: 1,599,648 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 find...it 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


Dylan Thomas, Aleister Crowley and Victor Neuburg caught in a surrealist web. What if the Beast returned and you were not sure if he were the best or worst thing that had ever happened to you? Sybarite among the Shadows finds Victor Neuburg on 11 June 1936 with the poet he discovered, Dylan Thomas. They embark on a quest whose object is Neuburg's old master, the Great Beast 666; settings, the Surrealist Exhibition, and pubs and clubs of bohemian London; characters, Augustus John, Nina Hamnett and Tom Driberg. Neuburg confronts his demons; Crowley does too. They also meet something far more menacing: MI5's plot to avert the Abdication. Sybarite among the Shadows grew out of the 1977 International Times short story subsequently published in America and Russia. Since writing the original story while living on Ibiza, Richard McNeff has worked internationally in education and the art world. Early contact with connections of the Beast sparked his interest in Crowley.

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