Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu

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ISBN 978-0-8101-2974-0
Publication Date
June 2013
Page Count
336 pages
Trim Size
5.5 x 9.25

Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu

Ted Anton
Winner of 1997 Carl Sandburg Award

On May 21, 1991, University of Chicago 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, award-winning investigative reporter Ted Anton shows that the murder is what Culianu's friends suspected all along: the first political assassination of a professor on American soil.

About the Author

Ted Anton is an associate professor of nonfiction writing in the English department at DePaul University. His book, Eros, Magic, and the Murder of Professor Culianu (1996) received the Carl Sandburg Award for Nonfiction from the Friends of the Chicago Public Library and was an Investigative Reporters and Editors National Book Award finalist. Anton was the co-editor of "The New Science Journalists" (1995). His magazine work, for The Sciences, Publishers Weekly, Lingua Franca, Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, and other publications, has been cited three consecutive times in Best American Essays and was nominated for a National Magazine Award in Reporting in 1993. A former Fulbright Research Fellow, Anton speaks about science on radio and to university and industry groups.
"Fascinating and excellent . . . important not just because it illuminates history, but because at the center of the story is Ioan Culianu, a figure so interesting no novelist could invent him. [In this murder] fiction and fact change places in a deadly game of masks and illusions." --Andrei Codrescu

"Reveals both a fascinating individual's twenty-year-long life-and-death struggle with his conscience, and a violent underground war in Eastern Europe. This is a story not only about the power of freedom of speech and press, but also about the explosive convergence of scholarship and politics, and the very real risks of the unencumbered life of the mind."

—Jeffrey Kittay, publisher, Lingua Franca