In sunny Karlstad. Behind me to the left Karlstad Public Library
Illustration from the Gyllander book
On this three day vacation we also visited Mr. Göran Söderqvist and his wife Sonja in their charming country house in Värmlands Nysäter, about five Swedish miles from Karlstad. Göran is board member of the Swedish Theosophical Society (Adyar) and has a very fine collection of Esoterica. He very kindly offered me to buy, at a very nice price, his sixteen volumes of H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings, compiled by Boris de Zirkoff. But Göran also generously donated several Theosophical classics to the AFU library. Many thanks for this excellent contribution.
Göran Söderqvist with a Swedish edition of Blavatsky´s The Secret Doctrine
Göran with H.P. Blavatsky Collected Writings
My Blavatsky collection is quite extensive, now including also the Collected Writings. In most Swedish encyclopedias, both old and new, Blavatsky is presented as a charlatan and impostor. But the general attitude seems to be slowly changing. Much of this change can be attributed the critical study of the Hodgson Report made by Dr. Vernon Harrison and published as H.P. Blavatsky and the SPR. An Examination of the Hodgson Report of 1885 (1997). A more open minded attitude is also evidenced by Gary Lachman´s recently published biography Madame Blavatsky. The Mother of Modern Spirituality (2012).