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“Comparisons with Borges, Cortazar, Calvino, and others made on the dust jacket are beside the point. Eliade was always out on a limb of his own.”
(New York Times)

"Eliade is as great a spinner of tales as Borges, with roots that go deep to Hoffmann and the German romantics. He would have been recognized as the great fiction writer he is if he hadn't been such a great historian of religions. The book bespeaks good news."
(Andrei Codrescu)

About the Author

Mircea Eliade (1907–1986) was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor at the Divinity School and professor in the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many works of scholarship and fiction, including A History of Religious Ideas and ten novels.
Mac Linscott Ricketts is professor emeritus of philosophy and religion at Louisburg College.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (November 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226204154
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226204154
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Ballerina on December 9, 2007
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Youth Without Youth is a powerful and insightful novella written by Mircea Eliade, the Romanian philosopher and historian (1907-1986). The book which sets in the pre World War II era , tells a story of an ageing professor, Dominic Matei, coming to the end of the line, whose mysterious regeneration and rejuvenation make him a target for hunting down by the Nazis and others as well as having to confront a whole range of issues and dilemmas now that he is made young again with superhuman powers and given a second chance in life. The story moves through different countries and cultures from Romania, Switzerland, Malta to India spanning the richness of Eastern and Western cultures.

This is a thriller, love story and the "Butterfly Dream" philosophy of the Chinese philosopher, Zhuangzi(Chuang-tzu) - the dream-like nature of reality - all wrapped into one.

This thoughtful and insightful work has now been adapted for the screen in 2007 by the award-winning Francis Ford Coppola of the "Godfather" fame, his latest and most defining film in almost ten years. I have great hopes that Coppola, the dependable and talented producer/director and Tim Roth, an excellent and highly intelligent actor/director who takes his art/craft with utmost gravity (playing the leading role Dominic Matei) will do justice to this exquisite book. Whatever you do, don't miss the book and the film!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Silviu Margarit on May 25, 2008
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Eliade's story is breathtaking, with a deep hidden message, a story that works on so many levels. Read it and you shall not regret it. The movie, while good is confusing and misses the main point of the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mcfin din on June 2, 2012
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This is a very off-beat novella written by one of our greatest experts on the topic of religion. I can't say I really enjoyed it in a literary sense, but I have to say it was provocative enough to hold my attention and consider a second reading!

This book attempts to meld eastern mysticism with western science and poses many questions which go unanswered. Yet all of the philosophical attributes are infused with early second world war history, Nazi scientists, hidden documents, intrigue with a beautiful spy for the Gestapo, miraculous recoveries and ancient languages. Reincarnation is also involved, which supplies enough romance to make the story a story rather than a vehicle for the writer's own philosophy.

The protagonist, Dominic Matei, is a former language professor who experiences what is referred to as the "rejuvenation by electricity" as a very old man and becomes young again just as he is on his way out of his home country, Romania. The reasons for his decision to leave turn out to be tragic, then fortuitous and ultimately, sensational. Years after his experience, he falls in love with a young woman who reminds him of an earlier love and who, after having been struck by lightning, is able to speak in ancient but heretofore unknown foreign tongues. This thrust into ancient times even before the Buddha, comes towards the end of the book - certainly within the last one third and well after we've seen the results of our hero's own transformation.
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I purchased the novel "Youth Without Youth" because I was already familiar with the nonfiction books by the author Mircea Eliade on the history of religions and languages. Because of the erudition of his nonfiction books, I was curious how the author would approach the writing of a novel. I was not disappointed. The plot of the novel is unusual and not one I would have thought of myself. It involves the story of an aged scholar of languages who is one day struck by lightning, which causes him to pass out for a few days, but which also causes him to awake as a young man who not only has renewed youth but who also has unheard of powers of mind, such that he is able to learn foreign languages (even ancient dead languages) by merely willing himself to know the languages. He can also learn history and the sciences in the same way. The character uses his new powers to research certain problems which have always eluded his efforts to solve--such as the origin of human languages and the relationship between the waking state and the dream state in the human mind. I got the feeling that the author wrote the story of a man who had experiences which the author himself wishes he could have--i.e., a man who had unlimited time and unlimited abilities to learn foreign languages and the sciences with hardly any effort at all. The book is very interesting and has helped me to understand the author. I would recommend this book, and all of Micea Eliade's other books, to anyone who is trying to understand the origins of human language and human religion. In my view, the reader will always learn something from Mr. Eliade's books, and will not be disappointed.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on March 31, 2008
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There are lots of novels out there that attempt to be something profound, that try and create something meaningful and complete. Some of these novels succeed and yet many fail miserably. I don't really know where `Youth Without Youth' falls for I'm still trying to figure out just what exactly it was trying to be `profound' about.

The problem I have with `Youth Without Youth' is that upon closing the book I felt very unfulfilled, as if I had no real idea of what I was supposed to have been enlightened on. In the forward, written by Academy Award winning director Francis Ford Coppola (who just so happens to direct the movie adaptation of this novella), we are told that when making a movie sometimes it is best to make a movie about a subject you don't understand or base it on a question you don't know the answer to. Coppola says that in the process of making the movie you come to find the answer.

I guess maybe I need to see the movie.

Mircea Eliade's novella `Youth Without Youth' takes place in pre-World War II times and follows the strange journey of Dominic Matei, an aging man who is given a chance to relive his life so-to-speak when a lightening bolt strikes him, rejuvenating his body and giving him `power beyond what is normal'. Dominic is an interesting man, steeped heavily in philosophy and religion and language, and when he is made young again his memory and ability to grasp and ascertain is strengthened. This makes him the prime candidate for study and experimentation by the Nazi's.

I won't really get too far into the bulk of the story; it's kind of all over the place anyway. It leaves a lot of questions left unanswered in the end, questions that leave me furious since I was expecting something grand in closing to tie everything together.
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