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The Stratagem And Other Stories

The Stratagem And Other Stories - Aleister Crowley Three short stories by Aleister Crowley.


"The Strategem" - according to the dedication, "The Strategem" received praise from Joseph Conrad and was therefore posthumously dedicated to him. That is reason enough to read just about anything.

A stranger tells his life story to a fellow traveler at a lonely train station while waiting for their train. Its a story of murder, revenge, imprisonment, torture and escape....and a surprise ending!

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"The Testament of Magdalen Blair" - A young woman with tested psychic sensitivities follows her professor husband's thoughts through illness, coma and death.


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"His Secret Sin" - A staid Englishman picks up a memento while in Paris, a memento that he must hide from his family and friends for fear of soiling his good English name. I think this one was a fantastic commentary on the "stiff upper lips" of early 20th century England.


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