The Lightning and the Sun is Savitri Devi's magnum opus and one of the founding texts of post-World War II National Socialism. Written in Europe from 1948 to 1956 and published in India in 1958, The Lightning and the Sun sets forth a unique and stunning synthesis of National Socialism with the cyclical Traditionalist philosophy of history and Hindu mythology. Savitri Devi's goal was to create a new National Socialist religion. She aspired to be the Saint Paul to Hitler's Jesus. Paul of Tarsus took Jesus, who was a religious prophet and a failed political revolutionary, and turned him into a divine incarnation, creating a religion which served as the vehicle for the triumph of Jewish values over Rome. Savitri Devi sought to transform Adolf Hitler, who was also both a prophetic figure and a failed political revolutionary, into a divine incarnation-an avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu-hoping to create a religion that would serve as the vehicle for the triumph of National Socialism over egalitarian modernity. In spite of its near-legendary status, The Lightning and the Sun is a notoriously hard to find book. The first edition consisted of only 1,000 copies and is quite rare. The 1979 Samisdat reprint is long out of print and also quite rare. The most readily available edition is William Pierce's dramatically abridged version, which cuts two thirds of the text and was not authorized or checked by Savitri Devi. The Savitri Devi Archive's new edition of The Lightning and the Sun reprints the complete and unabridged first edition and corrects its many typographical errors. It also updates the citations, adds a number of explanatory notes, includes a helpful Editor's Foreword, and provides a detailed index. With this new edition, which is edited and manufactured to the highest academic press standards, The Lightning and the Sun has finally found a worthy embodiment. About the Authoress Savitri Devi (1905-1982) is one of the most original and influential National Socialist thinkers of the post-World War II era. Born Maximine Julia Portaz in Lyons, France, she was of English, Greek, and Italian ancestry and described her national¬ity as "Indo-European." She earned Master's degrees in philosophy and chemistry and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Lyons. Her books include A Warning to the Hindus (1939), L'Etang aux lotus (The Lotus Pond) (1940), A Son of God: The Life and Philosophy of Akhnaton, King of Egypt (1946), later republished as Son of the Sun (1956), Akhnaton: A Play (1948), Gold in the Furnace: Experiences in Post-War Germany (1952), Defiance: The Prison Memoirs of Savitri Devi (1958), Pilgrimage (1958), Impeachment of Man (1959), Long-Whiskers and the Two-Legged Goddess (1965), Souvenirs et réflexions d'une Aryenne (Memories and Reflections of an Aryan Woman) (1976), And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews (2005), and Forever and Ever: Devotional Poems (2012).
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No need to write a review because if you found this book you problaby want it if you got this far, just some info on the book itself.It seems someone ( a girl called Gabriella )has put together an e-book from Savitri Devi's website and is printing copies on demand.The listing that says lulu.com (April 29, 2010)is the one you want.It is a full copy of the 1958 edition front to back with at the end only a clue of who printed the book.Also the site vaidilute.com is connected to Gabriella and the book I recieved was printed on 10 Nov. 2010.This book is what you are looking for if you are here so go ahead and buy it.
After Germany was occupied by vengeful forces, forces with the soul-annihilating intention of smashing all things Nazi, Savitri Devi was caught by the British and thrown in jail. Colonel Vickers, the hardened Brit soldier, found her National Socialist eulogy, The Lightning and the Sun, hidden under her dress. Before tossing this Nazi filth into the flames, he had a look inside. What did he see? In the film, Pulp Fiction, the characters look inside a suitcase, something brilliant happens, they are dazzled by a golden something, and then they shut the suitcase. After Colonel Vickers looked inside the Lightning and the Sun, what did he see?. The Colonel apologised to Savitri Devi, gave her back her manuscript and let her go.
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Well it isn't only about Adolf Hitler. The book itself is a window into the river of time. The chapter on Egypt takes the reader into a different universe and the part on...
This review is not regarding the content of Savitri Devi's brilliant book. I was surprised to receive this paperback copy, only to find that it is a reprint of an eBook that was typed from the original. There are many continuous spelling errors, the print is very small on large pages, and in general, the quality of the publishing is extremely disappointing, which detracts from the reading experience. For the cost of $40 USD on Amazon.com and $80 on Amazon.ca, I wanted to make sure that those considering purchasing know that this copy is NOT worth the price. Amazon.com did give me a full refund and was very helpful regarding that process.
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