The Last Romanian Interviews of Mircea Eliade and „Felix Culpa” Cover Image

Ultimele interviuri româneşti ale lui Eliade şi felix culpa
The Last Romanian Interviews of Mircea Eliade and „Felix Culpa”

Author(s): Liviu Bordaş
Subject(s): Literary Texts
Published by: Fondul Europa
Keywords: Mircea Eliade; Petru Cârdu; interviews; felix culpa; Nae Ionescu; ”Legionary Movement”

Summary/Abstract: The article pleads for the publication of the entire corpus of interviews with Mircea Eliade, which – along with his complete journal, the uncensored version of the Autobiography and the whole of his correspondence – represents the basis for a documented analysis of the sensitive parts of his biography. As a case in point we have taken the last two interviews given to the Romanian poet from Serbia Petru Cârdu, in 1984 and 1985. The latter one was published in the present journal’s no. 8 / 2011. The former one is published here, together with two inedited letters of Petru Cârdu. They are the last interviews given by Eliade to a Romanian reporter and referring to his life prior to 1945, when he became an exile in Paris. The most sensitive episode of this period is his political leaning towards the religious-nationalist organisation, ”The Legionary Movement” in the years 1937-1939. Corroborating the interviews with inedited material from Eliade’s diary and autobiography, we analyse the way he understood this political episode as a felix culpa. A ”happy guilt” or a ”lucky blunder”?

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 09
  • Page Range: 38-48
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: Romanian