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Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley
 
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Perdurabo, Revised and Expanded Edition: The Life of Aleister Crowley [Format Kindle]

Richard Kaczynski

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“Although there have been several authoritative (and relatively impartial) bios of the occultist Aleister Crowley published in the last decade, in my opinion there is one that is definitely a cut above the rest. This would be Perdurabo by Richard Kaczynski, PhD. As "The definitive biography of the founder of modern magick," Kaczynski's revised and expanded edition of his 2002 offering is tirelessly researched (20 years!), highly detailed and loaded with photos, many of which are quite rare.”
–Toolband.com, official website of rock band TOOL
 
“Richard Kaczynski’s Perdurabo: the Life of Aleister Crowley is the one biography that is absolutely necessary for anyone who wishes to know more about one of the most creative, seminal, and misunderstood figures of the last hundred years.”
–David Tibet, founder of Current 93
 
"A brilliant essayist, a superior poet, and an extraordinary artist, mountaineer, and explorer, the Crowley presented in these witty and erudite pages is at once shocking, wise, egocentric, petty, inspirational and, most importantly, real. Roundly rejecting the pantomime villain at the center of previous biographies and deeply suspicious of the nonsensical hero-worship of some of his modern followers, Kaczynski's portrait of Crowley is balanced and well-informed. Rare illustrations support a superbly written and meticulously researched text.”
–Paul Feazey, LAShTAL.com

"Perdurabo is a magnificent biography not only on the colorful and fascinating figure himself, but on the occult, eastern religions, sexuality, and the attempt to apply the rigors of the scientific method to the so-called occult. Kaczynski does justice to Crowley’s life and thought, solidly placing him with other great spiritual development figures. Anybody who wants to learn about Crowley would enjoy this book, while more serious followers will appreciate the previously unpublished biographical details and photographs."
Sacramento Book Review
 
“This is not only the most carefully-researched, detailed, and informative biography of Crowley yet written but also a remarkable insight into the nature of magic itself.”
–Ronald Hutton, author of The Triumph of the Moon and Blood and Mistletoe: The History of the Druids in Britain
 
“Several recently-published biographies of Crowley do justice, for the most part, to his life and works. But their offerings now stand like skeletal frames of unfinished houses next to Kaczynski’s magnificently constructed edifice. Every brick is set in place with the mortar of meticulous research and insight. Thank you, Dr. Kaczynski. I’ve waited thirty-five years for this.”
–Lon Milo DuQuette, author of The Magick of Aleister Crowley
 
“At long last, the world has a balanced and readable biography that reflects how magick shaped every facet of Aleister Crowley’s life. And Dr. Kaczynski doesn’t dismiss magick as humbug or mumbo-jumbo but validates it as a legitimate method of spiritual development meriting serious study.”
–Christopher S. Hyatt, PhD, author of Undoing Yourself
 
“Richard Kaczynski uses a novelist’s touch to make this exceptionally well-researched book read like an adventure story. For the serious student of Ceremonial magick or anyone curious about the truth behind all those weird stories, it’s essential reading.… Perdurabo is bound to become the definitive biography on Aleister Crowley.”
–NewWitch magazine
 
“Aleister Crowley–what a man. I've read several Crowley biographies, and this one takes the prize for most enjoyable and intimate. Mr. Kaczynski has the personal understanding and experience necessary to paint an accurate portrait of Crowley, with all the exciting context in place. Mr. Kaczynski's passion for his subject makes for an informative and potentially life-changing read. Why wade on the shores of such a vast man, when you can dive in? I think Crowley himself would have welcomed such a loving penetration."
–Andrew W.K., musician
 
"I've avidly devoured biographies of Aleister Crowley since my teens, because like other great artists (such as Oscar Wilde), half his genius went into his life. Perdurabo is undoubtedly the most complete and best researched of all the biographies, yet manages to be un-put-downable, tragic as well as laugh-out-loud funny–and best of all, it takes the Magick seriously."
–Peter Lamborn Wilson, author, Green Hermeticism: Alchemy & Ecology
 
“[Perdurabo] is the best and most rigorous treatment of Crowley's life ever published. Essential reading for anyone who wants to know more about this remarkable man.”
Cardiff University Pagan Society Magazine
 
“Dr. Kaczynski has been able to uncover a host of previously unexplored sources which cast new light on Crowley’s life and works. Some are presented here for the first time in this revised edition. It is an achievement that deserves praise and I am sure the book . . . will be used by scholars and students for many years to come as an indispensable reference work.”
–Dr. Marco Pasi, author of Aleister Crowley and the Temptation of Politics
 
“Meticulously researched and brilliantly written, Perdurabo is a revealing and unflinching look at the complex, enigmatic and always controversial figure known to us as Aleister Crowley. . . Kaczynski has written one of the most enjoyable and riveting reads in recent memory. Newly revised and expanded this is the definitive Crowley biography.”
–John Zorn, musician

"Perdurabo: The Life of Aleister Crowley provides a definitive biography of the magician and prophet and is a 'must' for any new age collection or library where magic is of interest.”
Midwest Book Review
 
“If you're a collector of Crowley biographies, this is an essential addition to your collection. If you can only afford one Crowley biography, this is the one to get.”
Invisible Basilica
 
“This new edition is essential reading for anyone wanting to understand the Great Beast."
–Clive Harper, author of Notes Towards a Revised Bibliography of Austin Osman Spare
 

Présentation de l'éditeur

The name “Aleister Crowley” instantly conjures visions of diabolic ceremonies and orgiastic indulgences—and while the sardonic Crowley would perhaps be the last to challenge such a view, he was also much more than “the Beast,” as this authoritative biography shows. Perdurabo (the magical name Crowley chose when inducted into the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn) traces Crowley’s remarkable journey from his birth as the only son of a wealthy lay preacher to his death in a boarding house as the world’s foremost authority on magick. Along the way, he rebels against his conservative religious upbringing; befriends famous artists, writers, and philosophers (and becomes a poet himself ); is attacked for his practice of “the black arts”; and teaches that science and magick can work together. While seeking to spread his infamous philosophy of “Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law,” Crowley becomes one of the most notorious figures of his day. Based on Richard Kaczynski’s twenty years of research, and including previously unpublished biographical details, Perdurabo paints a memorable portrait of the man who inspired the counterculture and influenced generations of artists, punks, wiccans, and other denizens of the demimonde.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 724 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B009LKCG3Y
  • Editeur : North Atlantic Books; Édition : Rev Exp (10 avril 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0078XCVYU
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47 internautes sur 50 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Magnificent!!! 23 janvier 2003
Par Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Perdurabo is truly a majestic work. Taking the reader on a comprehensive and insightful tour de force, we are given delightful, exciting substance not found in other biographies. The author elegantly and solidly paints a vivid picture of the astounding life of Crowley, his varied - and often bizarre - interests and influences, and the multiple directions his life took.
What is unique about this work is the revealing nature of its chapters which offer detailed accounts of letters, "magickal" practices and previously unexplored facets to this extraordinary life. The author seems to want to give you all the goods, which I like.
Two other wonderful works about this fascinating subject - `Astrology, Aleister, and Aeon,' and `Do What Thou Wilt' - when taken in consideration with this one, provide a delightful trilogy that vouchsafes the most relevant and probing ideas surrounding their subject. When all three are read, one captures a thorough picture of Crowley, for better or worse.
Crowley, the highly controversial mountaineer, magician and writer, is rendered powerful and frail, alluring and repulsive: many lives wrapped up into one. Intriguing, to say the least.
An extensive Notes and References section that pushes this magnificent work close to 600 pages makes the price an absolute bargain. Not to mention the glorious cover art that really must be held to appreciate.
I have no real complaints about this excellent book! I give it my highest recommendation.
19 internautes sur 22 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 The most complete biography ever done 20 septembre 2003
Par MissB93 - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This book is absolutely wonderful. I am reading it a second time and will read it again. Other biography's are either slanted toward or against Crowley. This one is different. It gives the reader all of the information, in a linear fashion, which enables the reader to come to their own conclusion. It also helps the reader understand many of the works writen by Crowley (i.e. his libers). A must for anyone who wants to study Crowley's work. Very well done, Dr. Kaczynski.
16 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 An outstanding revision to an already exemplary work! 10 août 2010
Par Walter Five - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Dr. Kaczynski had already written what many people regard as the best biography of the enigmatic Aleister Crowley, his original "Perdurabo;" the out-of-print paperback currently sells for $90-100, as do the privately published volumes "Perdurabo Outtakes" and "Panic in Detroit." This revised and expanded version is fleshed out with 150 pages of largely new material-- per the author "there is very little overlap between these books and the revised and expanded edition."

This lovely and beautifully bound hardback edition has been highly anticipated and is sure to be a collector's item in years to come. Get it while you can!
8 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brilliant biography 22 novembre 2005
Par Stefan Isaksson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Perdurabo isn't the first biography ever written on Aleister Crowley, a.k.a. The Great Beast 666 and The Wickedest Man in the World, and it's probably safe to say that it's not going to be the last.

But that doesn't matter much, because Perdurabo is, quite frankly, an amazing biography, a masterpiece that should be required reading for anybody interested in Crowley's life. It's is definitely not a short book and it's not an easy read. The text is very small and there are no pictures or illustrations whatsoever. And on top of that is Kaczynski a VERY careful writer, sometimes even on the verge of being too careful.

And that last quality must be regarded as both positive and negative. If you're a reader looking for a work that'll give you a total view of Crowley, his childhood, ideas, poetry, circle of friends, magical work, inspirations, dreams and much more, then Perdurabo is the one book to go out and get. On the other hand, if you're not extremely interested and only want a general overview, then don't bother reading it. You'll probably get bored very quickly if you do.

Furthermore, it's not the book you want if you're interested in working Crowley's Magick and how to do the different rituals he came up with. This is a biography, that is, a descriptive book, and NOT a manual of how to do his Magick.

The title is taken from the magical name Crowley chose when he was initiated into The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the magical group he later left in order to start his own. Crowley was a unique person, no question about that. He was a talented poet, an extremely skilled mountaineer, a millionaire (at least in his early years; later in life he basically had to live of his friends), and a controversial student of the occult who didn't hesitate to use different drugs and sexual magic in his ritual working in order to reach his goal - which obviously the British press used and wrongly accused him of being a Satanist or devil worshipper.

Interesting people deserve to have biographies written about them, and Crowley was one of the most interesting people around in the late 19th and early 20th century. All students of the occult should be thankful for Kaczynski's book.

He's really done an amazing job with this one.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A brilliant biography 29 novembre 2005
Par Stefan Isaksson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
Perdurabo isn't the first biography ever written on Aleister Crowley, a.k.a. The Great Beast 666 and The Wickedest Man in the World, and it's probably safe to say that it's not going to be the last.

But that doesn't matter much, because Perdurabo is, quite frankly, an amazing biography, a masterpiece that should be required reading for anybody interested in Crowley's life. It's is definitely not a short book and it's not an easy read. The text is very small and there are no pictures or illustrations whatsoever. And on top of that is Kaczynski a VERY careful writer, sometimes even on the verge of being too careful.

And that last quality must be regarded as both positive and negative. If you're a reader looking for a work that'll give you a total view of Crowley, his childhood, ideas, poetry, circle of friends, magical work, inspirations, dreams and much more, then Perdurabo is the one book to go out and get. On the other hand, if you're not extremely interested and only want a general overview, then don't bother reading it. You'll probably get bored very quickly if you do.

Furthermore, it's not the book you want if you're interested in working Crowley's Magick and how to do the different rituals he came up with. This is a biography, that is, a descriptive book, and NOT a manual of how to do his Magick.

The title is taken from the magical name Crowley chose when he was initiated into The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the magical group he later left in order to start his own. Crowley was a unique person, no question about that. He was a talented poet, an extremely skilled mountaineer, a millionaire (at least in his early years; later in life he basically had to live of his friends), and a controversial student of the occult who didn't hesitate to use different drugs and sexual magic in his ritual working in order to reach his goal - which obviously the British press used and wrongly accused him of being a Satanist or devil worshipper.

Interesting people deserve to have biographies written about them, and Crowley was one of the most interesting people around in the late 19th and early 20th century. All students of the occult should be thankful for Kaczynski's book. He's really done an amazing job.
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