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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Additional writings by Culianu are found in Series II. Let’s get rid of him.

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. When Culianu refused, he, like his father, found he could not get a decent job or publisher.

In a June 7, press conference Romania’s President Ion Iliescu also commented on the crime, stating a “high American official” told him it was not a political murder.

Ioan Petru Culianu – Wikipedia

They borrow the archaic language of the Iron Guard’s mystic nationalism. Romanian writers abroad have been beaten or killed, in incidents that usually suggest Securitate involvement, and Culianu’s subsequent achievements all came as he moved in fear of reprisal through Italy, France, and Holland.

Yet more than his scholarship, it is his personality students still talk about. The killing was so precise that when a student entered the bathroom minutes later, there was almost no blood yet, just a bluish arm dangling below the partition.


Histoire et mythes French Edition. Every Tuesday and Friday. The three former owners of the box have met with murder in centuries past. This page was last edited on 5 Decemberat The independent student newspaper of The University of Chicago since Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

Guide to the Ioan P. Culianu Papers 1883-1991

Culianu’s killing uncoiled a string of strange events, rumors, and instances of disinformation. The tragedy is, it’s not fiction. 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.

Yet he got ioa even more involved in exile politics. Six months before anyone thought Ceausescu could fall, Culianu published a short story in Italy, “The Intervention in Jormania,” that described a rebellion similar to Romania’s.

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Ioan Petru Culianu

At a lecture he gave in France on Renaissance magic, three self-described witches objected to his meddling in their realm. Ioab month before the revolution, his Hyde Park apartment was ransacked. In Chicago, a Romanian radio announcer who has sponsored the king’s visits got menacing phone calls and a letter naming Culianu. He studied at the Joan of Bucharestthen traveled to Italy where he was granted political asylum while attending lectures in Perugia in July He wrote prescient short stories about a country called Tormania, his fictional version of Romania.


No one saw the killer flee. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. Unlike others in Eastern Europe, the Romanian government today retains most of its secret police force though it does have a new, more benign-sounding name: Iasi had majestic boulevards, stone cathedrals, crooked cobbled alleys and, for Culianu, ghostly memories of his boyar family’s former glories.

While much of the material in this collection is in English, there are significant portions in Italian, Romanian, German, French, Dutch and Greek.

This crime is an academic whodunit, touching on the tortured intricacies of Romanian history, on myth and mysticism, and on the buried connections between a scholar’s political and intellectual passions.

If one looks deep enough into the story of his murder, one may see a professor unconsciously grappling in his fiction and scholarship with the very real forces that combined to kill him.

The Chicago police report shows that a TV, a computer, floppy disks, and bottles of wine were stolen. Courtesy of Chicago Maroon archives. One explanation may be the breadth and passion of Ioa attack on Romania’s new government.

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