Two Strange Tales

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Shambhala, 1986 - Fiction - 130 pages
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So speaks a character in Two Strange Tales, a pair of novellas in which Westerners are caught up in the uncanny realm of Eastern religion and magic. In "Nights at Serampore," three European scholars, traveling deep in the forests of Bengal, are inexplicably cast into another time and space where they witness the violent murder of a young Hindu wife. In "The Secret of Dr. Honigberger," a respectable Rumanian physician vanishes without a trace after experimenting with yogic techniques in his quest for the legendary invisible world called Shambhala.

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User Review  - Eva Pradhan - Goodreads

Hadn't read anything like this before, just devoured it in one sitting. Wonderfully crafted mysteries with a dose of eastern mysticism. Read full review

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User Review  - Lochlan - Goodreads

As the title suggests this book contains two short stories that are somewhat strange. Eliade's academic study of mysticism and relgious ritual shows through in both of these tales lifting what might otherwise be fairly standard spinechillers. Read full review

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Mircea Eliade (1907-1986), a native of Rumania, was a leading scholar of religion, widely known for his writings on the history of religion, the structure of myth, and spiritual symbolism, including Shamanism, Yoga: Immortality and Freedom, and A History of Religious Ideas. He also wrote autobiographical works as well as numerous stories, novels, and plays. Fiction offered him a unique complementary way to explore some of the themes of his scholarly work, such as sacred time and space.

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