"Claudiu Murgan's novel, "The Decadence of Our Souls", leaves one in a state of longing for all that have been lost when coming into this world, a longing that as we live on grows stronger or fades to shadows but never disappears. Rakash's fate is somewhat predetermined by the places he is in at any certain given time and by the people he is bound to come into contact with. From the heavenly community of the archetypal "child-elephant" character, from where he is abducted, to the community of pleasure and materialism and then to the scientifically driven society, Rakash wanders losing more and more of his true self. Life in itself, depicted in the novel like an elephant, with whom Rakash has a mental connection, offers the gifts of knowledge and enlightenment only to the child archetype, and only to the chosen ones."