Matthew's Enigma: A Father's Portrait of His Autistic Son by Matei Calinescu

By Matei Calinescu

Matthew's Enigma unfolds the advanced dating among a father, who's a Romanian emigré and distinctive collage professor, and his son, who was once clinically determined with autism while he used to be 7 years outdated. Matei Calinescu's wish to comprehend Matthew—his namesake—is the subject matter of this relocating memoir. Calinescu's made up our minds look for the which means of his son's enigmatic ailment keeps even after Matthew's surprising dying at age 25. recollections approximately Matthew's lifestyles are interwoven with observations of his habit and reflections at the problems that autistic folks come across in social events. Drawing from journals that he stored, starting with Matthew's delivery, in addition to from his event as a pupil of literature and philosophy and a reader of psychologists' and mind scientists' writings approximately autism, Calinescu has composed an inspiring and lyrical essay approximately love and sickness, reminiscence and forgetfulness, sociability and alienation.

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He would not accept money for something he did out of love, for Matthew’s sake, but also for the sake of his own mental balance, as he explained to us. He felt it was his vocation and his duty to help someone whom he perceived as an alter ego, as his younger self. For as long as I have known him, Phil has never hesitated to give his time and energy, with a missionary’s generosity and zeal, to other people with autism. For mysterious reasons, Matthew held a special place in his heart. Rather short but strongly built, with eyes occasionally lit by feverish flashes and a kind, slightly frightened expression on his deeply carved face (a mobile, intense face), Phil is extremely articulate, although there is also something rather mechanical in his voice.

During this period, he became the father of a daughter, from a liaison with a young woman who, however, did not want to marry a schizophrenic. The mother later married a “normal” man, while Phil, with his nostalgia for the structured life of his high-school years, decided to come to Bloomington and study physics at the university, without realizing that the pattern of student life was completely different from the life he had known in high school in his hometown. But he was lucky, very lucky, as he 48 m at t h e w ’s e n ig m a repeatedly pointed out to me: in Bloomington, his “madness” was finally correctly diagnosed as autism (Asperger’s syndrome was still unknown at the time).

Simons on the Atlantic coast of Georgia, where we were to spend two weeks on vacation with Michael S. and his girlfriend Janis, who was divorced and had a son two years older than Matthew. We stopped for the night at a motel near Macon and in the morning, as we were about to leave, we found that Matthew had disappeared from the room, where we had left him for just a few minutes—I was checking out at reception and Uca was at the car, parked some distance away, looking for something in the trunk.

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