Matei Calinescu (1934–2009) was a literary critic and professor of comparative literature at Indiana University. Born and educated in Bucharest, he immigrated to the United States in 1973. He wrote several works of nonfiction, including Five Faces of Modernity and Rereading, and was a Guggenheim fellow (1976) and Woodrow Wilson Center Fellow (1995–’96).
Clown and Metaphysician: On Matei Calinescu’s “The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter”
Thomas Pavel on Matei Calinescu's "The Life and Opinions of Zacharias Lichter," recently rereleased by NYRB Classics....