The Path of Cinnabar
|The Path of Cinnabar|
The Path of Cinnabar: An Intellectual Autobiography
|Cover artist||Michael Lujan|
|Publisher||Integral Traditions Publishing|
The Path of Cinnabar: The Intellectual Autobiography of Julius Evola is a book by Julius Evola. Originally published in Italian under the title Il Cammino del Cinabro (1963) by Vanni Scheiwiller, it was translated into english and published in 2009 by Integral Tradition Publishing. It is the author's "intellectual autobiography," in which he dispassionately discusses his intellectual and spiritual development over the course of many years.
The book deals with Evola's involvement in idealist philosophy, dadaism and magic, as well as his more controversial contacts with the Italian Fascists. The main focus is on his involvement with the Traditionalist school of thought, and how he integrated and developed the ideas of René Guénon and others.
Julius Evola was a renowned Dadaist artist, Idealist philosopher, critic of politics and Fascism, 'mystic', anti-modernist, and scholar of world religions. Evola was all of these things, but he saw each of them as no more than stops along the path to life's true goal: the realisation of oneself as a truly absolute and free individual living one's life in accordance with the eternal doctrines of the Primordial Tradition.
Much more than an autobiography, The Path of Cinnabar in describing the course of Evola's life illuminates how the traditionally-oriented individual might avoid the many pitfalls awaiting him in the modern world. More a record of Evola's thought process than a recitation of biographical facts, one will here find the distilled essence of a lifetime spent in pursuit of wisdom, in what is surely one of his most important works.