Talking to the Wolf is an insightful and stimulating collection of interviews with Russian geopolitical philosopher Alexander Dugin, many of which appear in Nicholas Rooney’s fascinating 2022 film documentary The Wolf in the Moonlight. In this book, Rooney offers us these conversations in an unfiltered way. Unhampered by the demands of film editing, he shows us ‘the extended version’. Talking to the Wolf allows us to hear Dugin expound at length on many sensitive subjects, including the conflict in Ukraine, Russian geopolitical destiny, ancient Slavic history, Eurasianism, the Orthodox Church, the poison of Western liberalism, the failures of Fascism and Communism, as well as Dugin’s synthesis of Logos philosophy.
Talking to the Wolf is unique in that we see Dugin approaching these subjects on a personal level and in an informal tone, which distinguishes it from Dugin’s more professional, academic work. In that way, the book also serves as a readable introduction to Dugin as a whole; his philosophy, his politics, and his spirituality. Both the novice to Dugin literature and the well-read expert will thoroughly enjoy this new material. Most importantly, readers can bypass the anti-traditionalist attacks against Dugin and hear the man — up close and personal — for themselves. As Dugin remains one of the most censored authors in Western media, Talking to the Wolf is a timely and crucial contribution to cross-cultural dialogue.
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