Monpellier, France: Universite Paul Valery, 1980. Paperback. 8vo. Stiff tan wood-grain wrappers. 121pp. Near fine. Item #46450
Tight and attractive issue of this scholarly Romanian studies journal, almost entirely in French and here focused on "Le Merveilleux Dans la Tradition Orale Roumaine (1)." Contributor's copy, for although it does not bear any ownership signature this was the personal copy of Ioan P. Couliano (here spelled "Culianu"), whose essay in English titled "A Dualistic Myth in Rumenian Folklore" appears on pages 45-50. Ioan Petru Couliano (1950-91) was a controversial Romanian philosopher, essayist and historian of ideas, religion and culture; on May 21, 1991, he was murdered -- some say assassinated -- in a bathroom at the University of Chicago's Divinity School, likely because he proved a vocal critic of Romania's Communist post-Revolution regime in interviews and articles. Uncommon and one of his earlier appearances in print.