December 22, 2016

The Portugal Journal (SUNY series, Issues in the Study of Religion)

By Mircea Eliade

The diary of Mircea Eliade, the seminal philosopher on faith, throughout the interval he served as a diplomat in Portugal.

Detailing a desirable, hitherto unknown interval within the lifetime of one of many 20th century's preeminent intellectuals, The Portugal Journal was once written via Mircea Eliade from 1941-1945, whilst he served as a diplomat in Lisbon. Eliade's paintings as a theorist of faith has been the executive impact on how faith is known and studied in modern instances and he's additionally more and more renowned as a author of fiction and drama. lengthy awaited by way of readers, The Portugal Journal is the just one of Eliade's journals to be released in its entirety, unedited by means of its writer. the following, Eliade writes frankly, now and then approximately issues that he may possibly by no means convey himself to make public, together with his courting with the Iron defend, his issues of hypersexuality, his non secular ideals and activities, his admiration for René Guénon, and his sufferings and bad grief either prior to and after his wife's death.

The Portugal magazine makes transparent the confessional caliber of Eliade’s engagement within the historical past of religions … His scholarship emerges from and echoes his personal self-proclaimed Christian ‘paganism,’ and this paganism, celebrating prehistory and the opportunity of a new humanity, parallels the fascism of the Iron shield, its get together of blood and soil.” — Rain Taxi

"With WWII because the old context, this magazine is interesting to learn simply because Eliade invitations the reader into the internal of his stricken brain. The magazine is replete with existential pathos, anxiousness, loss, worry, probability, discomfort, sorrow, and chuffed moments. Readers can be rewarded with a few surprises, with out political apologies for being at the unsuitable part throughout the war." — Carl Olson, writer of The Theology and Philosophy of Eliade: A look for the Centre

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

Helen of Troy

By Margaret George

Acclaimed writer Margaret George tells the tale of the mythical Greek girl whose face "launched one thousand ships" during this New York Times bestseller.

The Trojan conflict, fought approximately twelve hundred years earlier than the beginning of Christ, and stated in Homer's Iliad, maintains to hang-out us as a result of its origins: one woman's good looks, a vacationing prince's ardour, and a love that resulted in tragedy.

Laden with doom, but outstanding in its moments of innocence and wonder, Helen of Troy is a gorgeous page-turner with a solid of impossible to resist, mythical characters—Odysseus, Hector, Achilles, Menelaus, Priam, Clytemnestra, Agamemnon, in addition to Helen and Paris themselves. With a wealth of fabric that reproduces the Age of Bronze in all its glory, it brings to existence a battle that we have got all realized approximately yet by no means ahead of skilled.

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

The Sacred and the Profane: The Nature of Religion

By Mircea Eliade, Willard R. Trask

Within the Sacred and the Profane, Mircea Eliade observes that whereas modern humans think their international is fullyyt profane, or secular, they nonetheless from time to time locate themselves attached unconsciously to the reminiscence of whatever sacred. It's this premise that either drives Eliade's exhaustive exploration of the sacred—as it has manifested in house, time, nature and the cosmos, and lifestyles itself—and buttresses his expansive view of the human adventure.

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America (Penguin Classics)

The most arresting tales within the historical past of exploration, those Icelandic sagas inform of the invention of the USA by way of Norsemen 5 centuries sooner than Christopher Columbus. jointly, the direct, forceful twelfth-century Graenlendinga Saga and the extra polished and scholarly Eirik's Saga, written a few hundred years later, recount how Eirik the purple based an Icelandic colony in Greenland and the way his son, Leif the fortunate, later sailed south to discover - and if attainable make the most - the opportunity discovery via Bjarni Herjolfsson of an unknown land. In spare and full of life prose they list Europe's first shock glimpse of the japanese seashores of the North American continent and the natives who inhabited them.

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

The Survival of the Pagan Gods: The Mythological Tradition and Its Place in Renaissance Humanism and Art (Bollingen Series XXXVIII)

By Jean Seznec

One other access within the Bollingen assortment. Bollingen is a chain of monographs on artwork, tradition and philosophy.

Publisher's Blurb and chosen Reviews:

The gods of Olympus died with the arrival of Christianity--or so we've been taught to think. yet how are we to account for his or her large reputation in the course of the Renaissance? This illustrated e-book, now reprinted in a brand new, better paperback layout, deals the final reader first a dialogue of mythology in past due antiquity and the center a while, after which a multifaceted examine the far-reaching function performed by way of mythology in Renaissance highbrow and emotional life.

Review:

"Such a synthesis hasn't ever been tried sooner than, and the writer . . . has played this much-needed provider with unparalleled contrast and readability of purpose."--Art Digest

"Here is a e-book . . . that tells us what grew to become of the gods after the autumn of Rome, in what unusual disguises they lived on, and the way they emerged within the Quattrocento with extraordinary attributes and logos the ancients by no means knew. . . . it's a ambitious activity, not easy titanic studying in lots of fields; and it truly is brilliantly performed."--The instances Literary complement

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

Wonders of the Invisible World

By Patricia A. McKillip

Pass via fairy stories into the magic of invisible worlds in those opulent tales by way of a loved myth icon and writer of the vintage Riddlemaster trilogy. Patricia McKillip has encouraged generations of devoted readers with spell binding stories which are as romantic as they're unforeseen. Her lush, captivating narratives are as deliciously bittersweet because the best chocolate and as intoxicating because the most interesting wine.

The bewitching wonders provided the following comprise princesses dancing with useless suitors, a knight in love with an reliable of unique lineage, and fortune’s idiot stealing into the current rather than the long run. You’ll find a ravishing undine and her mortal bridegroom who's extra infatuated with politics than excitement, a time-traveling angel forbidden to intrude in Cotton Mather’s non secular ravings, a wizard seduced in his early life by way of the Faerie Queen returning with a treasure that's rightfully hers, and an overachieving teenage mage tricked into gaining knowledge of her precise identify very just about home.

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

Images and Symbols: Studies in Religious Symbolism

By Mircea Eliade

Mircea Eliade--one of the main popular expositors of the psychology of faith, mythology, and magic--shows that fable and image represent a method of proposal that not just got here earlier than that of discursive and logical reasoning, yet continues to be a necessary functionality of human recognition. He describes and analyzes essentially the most robust and ubiquitous symbols that experience governed the mythological taking into consideration East and West in lots of instances and at many degrees of cultural improvement.

Show description

Read more
December 22, 2016

The Age of Odin (Pantheon)

By James Lovegrove

The Norse gods struggle along mankind in a conflict to carry again Ragnarok.

Gideon Coxall was once an exceptional soldier yet undesirable at every thing else, till a roadside explosive machine leaves him with one deaf ear and a British military half-pension. So whilst he hears concerning the Valhalla undertaking, it’s like a dream come precise. They’re recruiting former carrier team of workers for great pay, no questions requested, to participate in unspecified strive against operations.

the very last thing Gid expects is to discover himself scuffling with along historical Viking gods. the area is within the grip of 1 of the worst winters it has ever recognized, and Ragnarök – the fabled ultimate clash of the Sagas – is looming.

Show description

Read more