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Autobiography, Volume 2

1937-1960, Exile’s Odyssey

"Here finally are Eliade’s memoirs of the first thirty years of his life in Mac Linscott Rickett’s crisp and lucid English translation. They present a fascinating account of the early development of a Renaissance talent, expressed in everything from daily and periodical journalism, realistic and fantastic fiction, and general nonfiction works to distinguished contributions to the history of religions. Autobiography follows an apparently amazingly candid report of this remarkable man’s progression from a mischievous street urchin and literary prodigy, through his various love affairs, a decisive and traumatic Indian sojourn, and active, brilliant participation in pre-World War II Romanian cultural life."—Seymour Cain, Religious Studies Review

Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface
15. Destiny Shows Its Teeth
Appendix: Notebook of a Summer Vacation (1937)
16. Detained by Destiny
17. The Great Departure
18. Lisbon
Appendix: From the Lusitanian Journal
19. Paris
20. Christinel
21. The Tide Begins to Turn
22. The Forbidden Forest
23. I Begin to Discover America
24. "Indispensable to the Security of the United States"

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