Following the enthusiastic reception in Britain of Mircea Eliade’s first novel, “Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent”, Istros Books continue their incursion into the renowned philosopher and author’s creative universe with an equally enthralling autobiographical novel. “Gaudeamus” is in fact “Diary’s” sequel, following Eliade’s ambitious alter ego during the university years. Professors Sorin Alexandrescuand Amanda Hopkinson join translator Christopher Bartholomew and editor Susan Curtis Kojakovic in a conversation about the literary relevance and cultural legacy of the legendary author.
“Readers will recognize in these pages the joy of a life about to blossom, of the search for knowledge and the desire for true love. Already an accomplished writer as a young man, this follow-up to his ‘Diary of a Short-Sighted Adolescent’ reveals a keen observer of human behaviour, a seeker of truth and spiritual fulfilment whose path would eventually lead him to become the ultimate historian of 20th-century religions.” – Istros Books