Heliogabalus: Or, the Crowned Anarchist

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Antonin Artaud's novelized biography of the third-century Roman Emperor Heliogabalus is both his most accessible and his most extreme book. Written in 1933, when Artaud was preparing his legendary "Theatre of Cruelty," Heliogabalus is a powerful concoction of sexual excess, self-deification, and terminal violence. Reflecting its author's preoccupation with the occult, magic, -Satan, and esoteric religions, the author assembles an entire world-view from the raw material of insanity, sexual obsession and anger.