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The Portugal Journal (Suny Series, Issues In The Study Of Religion)

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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 ...more
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Published January 22nd 2010 by State University of New York Press (first published 2006)
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29 January 1943

Churchill and Roosevelt have met again at Casablanca. And none of their men sees how Stalin is playing with them, how they are the victims of the most tragic farce in the history of the world: the Red assassins--who, in comparison with other political assassins, have the merit of operating on a large scale, in the millions--the Red assassins are awaited as the liberators of Europe . . . p. 67

15 January 1943

I find myself, sometimes, meditating calmly on the new Slavo-Communist w
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Cei cinci ani petrecuti de Mircea Eliade in Portugalia ca atasat cultural al legatiei Romaniei de la Lisabona sunt o perioada de lancezire spirituala, dar si de drama personala, iar jurnalul propriu-zis reflecta toate aceste momente de nemultumire de sine, dar si nemasurata incredere a lui Mircea Eliade in geniul sau si in destinul glorios care il asteapta, frustrarea de a scrie mediocru, dar si suferinta pierderii primei sotii. Este un moment de cumpana in viata si opera savantului Eliade, care ...more
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N-am găsit aici ediția pe care am citit-o eu, dar jurnalul e același (nu știu ce intră la alte scrieri). Oricum, despre jurnal voiam să zic câteva cuvinte, și anume că mi s-a părut foarte interesant și la nivel politic, social, cultural, dar și la nivel personal. Evoluția războiului, pierderea calității de diplomat, boala și moartea soției sunt doar câteva dintre evenimentele care marchează cei 4 ani și jumătate petrecuți în Portugalia. Un jurnal plin de surprize pentru mine, care mi-a făcut pof ...more
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"[...] nu ma sperie ceva care se va intimpla in viitor (moartea) sau se petrece in prezent (trecerea) atit cit ma ingrozeste ceea ce nu se va mai repeta. Atunci realizez conditia umana; tragedia, religia, sinuciderea, dementa - tot atunci le inteleg."
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this is the best Eliade journal as it is raw, brutal, emotional and with all the warts
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Romanian-born historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, professor at the University of Chicago, and one of the pre-eminent interpreters of world religion in this century. Eliade was an intensely prolific author of fiction and non-fiction alike, publishing over 1,300 pieces over 60 years. He earned international fame with LE MYTHE DE L'ÉTERNAL RETOUR (1949, The Myth of the Eternal Return) ...more
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“My religion: Very seldom do I feel a need for the presence of God. I don't pray and I don't know how to pray. When I enter a church, I try to pray, but I can't tell if I succeed or not. But often I have religious “attacks”: the desire for isolation, for contemplation far from other people. Despair. The desire (and the hope) for asceticism.” 5 likes
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