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Eros, magic, & the murder of Professor Culianu

Author: Ted Anton
Publisher: Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, ©1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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On May 21, 1991, popular University of Chicago Divinity School Professor Ioan Culianu was murdered execution-style on campus. The crime stunned the school, terrified students, and mystified the FBI. The case remains unsolved. In Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu, Ted Anton pieces together the evidence and shows that the murder is in fact what Culianu's friends suspected all along: the first political
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Anton, Ted.
Eros, magic, & the murder of Professor Culianu.
Evanston, Ill. : Northwestern University Press, ©1996
(OCoLC)609778816
Named Person: Ioan P Culianu; Ioan P Culianu; Ioan P Culianu
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ted Anton
ISBN: 0810113961 9780810113961
OCLC Number: 34951456
Description: xiv, 301 pages : portraits ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Eros, magic, and the murder of Professor Culianu
Responsibility: Ted Anton.

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On May 21, 1991, popular University of Chicago Divinity School Professor Ioan Culianu was murdered execution-style on campus. The crime stunned the school, terrified students, and mystified the FBI. The case remains unsolved. In Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu, Ted Anton pieces together the evidence and shows that the murder is in fact what Culianu's friends suspected all along: the first political assassination of a professor on American soil.

This book traces Culianu's life from his privileged childhood in Romania, through his days at the University of Bucharest, where he first encountered the methods of Securitate surveillance, to his time at the University of Chicago, where, as a handpicked successor to Mircea Eliade, he was becoming a renowned scholar in his own right.

Anton shows how Culianu - an expert on magic and the occult whose predications were often remarkabley accurate - began toying with a new far-right coalition in Romania, taunting them from the presumed safety of his American base with the content and tone of his articles, goading them into believing him dangerous.

Besides shedding new light on the murder, this book offers a fascinating introduction to Romanian politics in the aftermath of the 1989 revolution and to the relation of ideas to power in current history, as well as to the exotic and mystical ideas of a brilliant man.

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