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Review of
And Time Rolls On:

The Savitri Devi Interviews

From the Yule 2006 issue of Spear of Woden

Illustration: The White Dragon of England.

And Time Rolls On: The Savitri Devi Interviews is volume one of the Centennial Edition of Savitri Devi’s Works. This ambitious project undertaken by R.G. Fowler is an attempt to publish all of Savitri’s works including two volumes of letters. On the evidence of the first volume the Centennial Edition will become the standard reference point for any reader interested in Savitri for many years to come.

The book is transcribed from a series of taped interviews with Savitri recorded in 1978 at the behest of Ernst Zundel. Dr. Fowler has arranged this raw material into thematically consistent chapters concerning: “Autobiography,” “Comrades,” “Religion,” and “Life in the Kali Yuga.” The fifth chapter consists of the text of Savitri’s poem “1953” from which the title of this volume comes.

Savitri Devi was a visionary woman who constructed a theology of National Socialism wherein Hitler was seen as a Man Against Time whose doctrine and example would provide the blueprint for the ultimate (not immediate) triumph of the Aryan race.  He was a Man Against Time because time represents the force of entropy, the inevitable decline toward further and further chaos, whereas National Socialism was a contemporary expression of the perennial urge for order and hierarchy.  He was a man of the Golden Age born in the Dark Age.  According to this theology Hitler’s project was destined to fail and Savitri quotes Hitler:  “I know that Somebody must come forth and meet our situation.  I have sought him.  I have found him nowhere; and therefore I have taken upon myself to do the preparatory work, only the most urgent preparatory work.  For that much I know: I am not he.  And I know also what is lacking in me.”  This urgent work is preparatory to the tenth and final incarnation of the Hindu God, Vishnu, as Kalki.  Until this final Avatar appears the world is destined to continue its decline toward further decadence, chaos and degeneracy.  Kalki will destroy the Dark Age and lead the world “back” to the Golden Age.

It would be possible to read this book without knowing that the author is speaking spontaneously, such is the erudition and eloquence of Savitri.  That her ideas are unusual, to say the least, and certainly heretical (she was jailed in Germany for promoting National Socialism after the fall of the Third Reich) is something she evidently could not care less about.  She claims to have always had a defiant streak and a lack of respect for polite convention.  This sense of defiance manifested itself in her racial pride, her detestation of universalist religions and her love of animals which was closer to modern conceptions of animal rights than the more prevalent animal welfare concerns of the time.

Savitri’s narrative is enhanced by Dr. Fowler’s useful and informative notes which illuminate the text with just the right amount of supplementary information.  Indeed, in Dr Fowler, Savitri seems to have found her ideal editor.  The astute reader of unusual and heretical texts will make sure he does not miss out on any further works from Black Sun Publications.  Further information can be found at www.savitridevi.org.