THE BEGINNING WAS THE END by Oscar Kiss Maerth

THE BEGINNING WAS THE END

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Maerth is a former World War II Hungarian Air Force officer who served on the Eastern Front and subsequently became a Venezuelan and Hong Kong businessman and inhabitant of a Chinese Buddhist monastery. His obsession is cannibalism -- specifically eating still-warm human brains. This, he says, is the root of man's intelligence and also the cause of his forthcoming destruction. Primitive brain consumption created an ""oversized sick brain which made his self-destruction appear to be progress."" Females, denied this diet, became congenitally inferior. As man became differentiated from animals, his sickness increased: hair loss necessitated clothing which produced ""physical and mental damage,"" the rubbing on the male's penis dulls his sexual vitality. Murder increases sexual lust and was induced by man's meat eating. Speech is actually the lost ESP ""transference"" of animals, and man is directly related to various breeds of apes. The book is ornamented with photographs of non-white men and women juxtaposed to their alleged ape-ancestors. Man had no right to seek a higher intelligence and therefore will ""devastate the earth and destroy himself."" The question that will be raised is why this book is being published. A major scandal.

Pub Date: March 18th, 1974
Publisher: Praeger