Lavished with praise at the time of its 1925 publication, Leonard Cline s phantasmagoric As Cline s novel hurtles toward its unforgettable climax, Kempf s capacity for compassion or mercy swiftly falls to the wayside as he seduces his host s wife and then murders the man in cold blood. Soon thereafter he carves a giant God Head into the side of a nearby mountainside, which the villagers look upon with awe and fear, held in the thrall of Kempf s mysterious intimations of its malicious power. Having achieved complete domination over the Finns, Kempf ultimately tires of their gullibility and returns to civilization, his quest for self-mastery complete.
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