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Миражи Евгения Головина

In the opinion of Geydar Dzhemal «Evgeniy Golovin undoubtedly was a central figure of Moscow intellectual underground for perhaps thirty years (60s, 70s, 80s)», such a flattering feature from the disciple and opponent is a vital indicator of the importance of this figure for Russian culture not only in its esoteric dimension. Over the past two years two important works helping to see sense of Golovin’s personality and creativity in a new way were published: a collection of the Soviet period (60-80 years) texts written by Golovin for literary journals. These texts formally have no connection to esotericism whatsoever, and a unique collection of memoirs of Golovin’s friends, relatives and students was published. Both works reveal the identity of one of the leading Russian esotericist from different perspectives. This article provides an overview of these works followed by reflections on the place of Evgeniy Golovin in Western esotericism, and on the peculiarities of his personality. In addition this article addresses methodological aspects of the study of esotericism in the Soviet period.