Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1997. Paperback, ix+468 pages. New.
The cultural ferment unleashed by the collapse of the Soviet Union reawakened a new interest in the study of Russian occultism. The Occult in Russian and Soviet Culture is an interdisciplinary anthology of scholarly investigations of Russian esoteric themes and movements, including Kabbalah, Theosophy, Anthroposothy, Satanism and magic. Wide-ranging in its scope, the book documents occult belief and thought in both prerevolutionary Russia, the high Stalin era, and the occult revival in contemporary Russia. The topics covered include folklore, magic and divination, Spiritualism and Theosophy in fin-de-Siècle Russia, intersections between science and the esoteric and the relationship between magic, futurism and social realism. This book provides a fascinating glimpse into the influence of the occult on Russian culture throughout the ages, and will be of interest to students of occult history and academics alike.