Mircea Eliade (1907 -1986) was a Romanian historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, and professor at the University of Chicago. He was a leading interpreter of religious experience, who established paradigms in religious studies that persist to this day. His literary works belong to the fantastic and autobiographical genres. The best known are the novels Maitreyi ("La Nuit Bengali" or "Bengal Nights"), Noaptea de Sanziene ("The Forbidden Forest"), Isabel si apele diavolului ("Isabel and the Devil's Waters") and Romanul Adolescentului Miop ("Diary of the Short-Sighted Adolescent"), the novellas Domnisoara Christina ("Miss Christina") and Tinerete fara tinerete ("Youth Without Youth"), and the short stories Secretul doctorului Honigberger ("The Secret of Dr. Honigberger") and La Tiganci ("With the Gypsy Girls").
"It's hard to believe the Romanian academic was a teen when he wrote this clever novel." --Guradian