Synopses & Reviews
Set in Bohemian Paris at the turn of the century, this sinister novel was inspired by the notorious black magician Aleister Crowley. As well as a vibrant picture of Parisian café society, it extends the theme of bondage to explore the notions of psychic domination and hypnotic slavery.
About the Author
W. Somerset Maugham was born in Paris in 1874. He began to study medicine in London but quit to focus exclusively on writing. In 1926 he bought a house in Cap Ferrat, France, which was to become a meeting place for a number of writers, artists and politicians. He died in 1965.