Ioan Culianu was a professor renowned for his study of the Renaissance, magic, and religion and as vocal critic of Romania’s post-Communist. A few minutes later, the police found the body of Ioan Culianu, a year-old religion instructor, slumped over in a locked stall in the men’s room. One of those victims, surely one of the most interesting, was Ioan Culianu, a Romanian-born scholar of the history of religion, who was shot to.

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In it, he “combined the emotionalism of a poet with the depth of a political scientist,” says Cukianu Tismaneanu. He had received death threats, as have other Romanians-in-exile since his murder.

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Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Retrieved from ” https: The first and only politically motivated killing of an academic in the United States may have taken place at culiannu University of Chicago less than a quarter of a century ago.

But the Chicago police say they issued no such report. Codrescu says he eventually leared that the calls had been made by “an individual culianh California. In the weeks before his murder, on May 21,he was finishing three books, planning his wedding, preparing for a long anticipated return to Romania, and hosting a conference in Chicago with the retrospectively haunting title “Other Realms: Still, even those who are convinced that Culianu’s was a political murder are puzzled about why he in particular might have been targeted.


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The day before the murder, someone phoned the family and many of the business associates of Andrei Codrescu to tell them that Codrescu, a Romanian exile and a friend of Culianu’s, had killed himself. Eliade changed her number and has declined to talk.

They argue that what began as a genuine popular uprising in the city of Timisoara was soon co-opted by factions culiaun Securitate, the Army, and the party that had long been planning to topple the Ceausescu regime. Mazzarella said he spent 14 years at the University of Chicago before hearing about Culianu.

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Histoire et mythes French Edition. The enigmatic killing grips those who knew Ioan Culianu. The independent student newspaper of The University of Chicago since You must put it together,” says Mircea Sabau.

Additional writings by Culianu are found in Series II. Popularity Popularity Featured Price: Etched into one toilet roll ooan is a swastika, probably unrelated to the crime. He became a friend, and later the literary executorof Mircea Eliadethe famous historian of religions.

In his book Red Horizons, Ion Pacepa details international smear campaigns in which the Securitate used nationalist rhetoric to intimidate dissidents, sometimes inventing new rightwing groups. A second story, “Free Jormania,” told of a coup in the midst of a genuine revolution, in which secret police factions battle and coup leaders film exhumed corpses to innate the number of combat deaths and confuse the public. Culianu died during the lunch hour on a sunny May afternoon, as hundreds of people filed through Swift Hall for the annual divinity school book sale.


Writings by Culianu Series IV: He wrote prescient short stories about a country called Tormania, his fictional version of Romania. Even abroad, the former Securitate, or at least remnants of it, apparently continue to engage in dirty tricks. loan

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He ioab the intellectual heir to Eliade, one of Romania’s most famous scholars abroad. But a number of recent books that examine the events of Decemberincluding those by NPR commentator Andrei Codrescu, joumalist Edward Behr, and Radio Free Europe correspondent Nestor Ratesh, have confirmed what Culianu and others said early on about Eastern Europe’s last and bloodiest revolt.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. But while the old Iron Guard had proudly called Eliade “one of our own,” the new Romanian rightists loathed Culianu.

English Choose a language for shopping. Culianu and Bruno were both forced to flee across Europe—Culianu from repression in Communist Romania, Bruno from accusations of heresy.

Out of This World Jun 18, Correspondence, Series II: