The correspondence between Julius Evola and Mircea Eliade is now available in an Italian edition, edited by Claudio Mutti. These two writers created an extensive body of work on religious traditions, Eliade through the breadth and variety of his work, and Evola through his in-depth studies of traditions such as Buddhism, Tantra Yoga and the Hermetic Tradition. This work brings to light the spiritual traditions of the “West” understood as comprising its archaic sources. What they recognize is a spiritual, not a genetic, unity. Eurasia, then, would include not only Europe proper, but also what was part of the Hellenic Empire of Alexander and the Roman Empire at its peak.
What follows is our translation of the book announcement.
This collection of letters documents the trajectory of cultural and human relations that existed between two protagonists of European intellectual life of last century: Julius Evola and Mircea Eliade. They proposed in their works the idea of Eurasian unity. Through an intense activity of culture work, translations and reviews, the Italian writer helped to make known in Italy a body of scientific work that attested to (in Eliade’s words): the fundamental unity not only of Europe, but of the entire world that extended from Portugal to China and from Scandinavia to Ceylon.