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The Portugal Journal
The Portugal Journal
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Mircea Eliade - Author
Mac Linscott Ricketts - Translated with a preface and notes by
SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion
Price: $75.00 
Hardcover - 296 pages
Release Date: January 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-2959-2
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2959-5

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Paperback - 296 pages
Release Date: January 2010
ISBN10: 1-4384-2958-4
ISBN13: 978-1-4384-2958-8

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The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal thinker on religion, during the period he served as a diplomat in Portugal.

Detailing a fascinating, hitherto unknown period in the life of one of the twentieth century's preeminent intellectuals, The Portugal Journal was written by Mircea Eliade from 1941-1945, when he served as a diplomat in Lisbon. Eliade's work as a theorist of religion has been the chief influence on how religion is understood and studied in contemporary times and he is also increasingly well known as a writer of fiction and drama. Long awaited by readers, The Portugal Journal is the only one of Eliade's journals to be published in its entirety, unedited by its author. Here, Eliade writes frankly, at times about things that he could never bring himself to make public, including his relationship with the Iron Guard, his problems with hypersexuality, his religious beliefs and actions, his admiration for René Guénon, and his sufferings and terrible grief both before and after his wife's death.

The Portugal Journal makes clear the confessional quality of Eliade’s engagement in the history of religions … His scholarship emerges from and echoes his own self-proclaimed Christian ‘paganism,’ and this paganism, celebrating prehistory and the potential for a new humanity, parallels the fascism of the Iron Guard, its celebration of blood and soil.” — Rain Taxi

"With WWII as the historical context, this journal is fascinating to read because Eliade invites the reader into the interior of his troubled mind. The journal is replete with existential pathos, anxiety, loss, fear, danger, suffering, sorrow, and happy moments. Readers will be rewarded with some surprises, without political apologies for being on the wrong side during the war." — Carl Olson, author of The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A Search for the Centre

Mac Linscott Ricketts is Professor Emeritus of Religion at Louisburg College. He is the translator of a number of Mircea Eliade's works, including Journal I, 1945-1955, Journal IV, 1979-1985, and Autobiography I and II.


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Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface

Part I. Th e Portugal Journa

1. The Journal, 1941

2. The Journal, 1942

3. The Journal, 1943

4. The Journal, 1944

5. The Journal, 1945

Part II. The Appendices

Appendix A. Journal of the Novel, Viaţă Nouă
Appendix B. First Impressions of Portugal
Appendix C. Two Communiqués from Portugal
Appendix D. Preface to Salazar şi Revoluţia în Portugalia

Notes
Index


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