"An enchanting tale of secrets and fatal attraction, The Magician is one of Somerset Maugham’s most complex and perceptive novels. Set in the bohemian café society of Paris at the turn of the nineteenth century, Maugham's exploration of hypnotism and the occult was inspired by the sinister occult icon Aleister Crowley. Running through the story is the theme of evil, deftly woven into a story as memorable for its action as for its astonishingly vivid characters. In fin de siecle Paris, Arthur and Margaret are engaged to be married, looking forward to an idyllic life together. Everyone approves and everyone seems to be enjoying themselves—until the sinister and repulsive Oliver Haddo appears…"