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It Does Not Die: A Romance. Maitreyi Devi, Author, Maitraye, Author, Maitreyi Devi, Translator University of Chicago Press $ (p) ISBN Precocious, a poet, a philosopher’s daughter, Maitreyi Devi was sixteen On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. Turnabout is fair play. The woman mythologized as an enigmatic Indian maiden by Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade in Bengal Nights (see.

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The unfortunate lady does not know for another 20 years that she has been named by a famous man as his under-aged Bengali sex-partner.

Love in The Bengali Night Does Not Die: Maitreyi Devi and Mircea Eliade

April 16, at 9: Their genuine love story crosses linguistic boundaries, but clashes shortly. You are commenting using your Maitreyj. I still don’t think very highly of him, though. Please provide an email address. A wonderful book to lt for a Valentine’s Day theme, which is the reason we read it in our Literary Group. The scholar takes an interest in the young European and invites him to stay at his home as a member of his large household.

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Amrita’s soul is alive and will be the light to re-ignite the extinguished flame of the encompassing love. Notify me of new comments via email. Turnabout is fair play. I was no enigma. Read together with Eliade’s Bengal NightsDevi’s “romance” is a powerful study of what happens when the oppositions between innocence and experience, enchantment and disillusion, and cultural difference and colonial arrogance collide.

A twenty-something Romanian student with Fascist associations who happens to be quite fluent in French and has a bit of English arrives in Calcutta in British India to study with a renowned Bengali scholar. Devi slips back and forth in time, not simply remembering and all the years since, but living them again, even as her family life, her political and charitable work, and her poetry swirl around her. Notwithstanding that it is a translation and there are many spelling and grammar typos in the book, I found it riveting and heartfelt.

It Does Not Die is Devi’s response. The book is written as a response to Mircea Eliade’s ‘Maitreyi’ novel, which is douchey to say the least. Maitreyi Devi pleads that the character Maitryi in Eliade’s book is not much alike her, and narrates the facts how they truly were and their meeting after 40 years.

It is a dev version of the young summer love story that has been done thousands of times and usually far better, from Shakespeare to Trevanian. March 13, at 7: Everything is washed out. Imagine making a trip to Europe as ddevi adult and finding people who know intimate details of your teenaged years. Inwhen Sergui al-Georghe, a close friend of Mircea, who came to Kolkata told Maitreyi about the details of the book, she came to know the book described a sexual relationship between them.

Read together with Eliade’s Bengal NightsDevi’s “romance” is a powerful study of what happens when the oppositions between innocence and experience, enchantment and disillusion, and cultural difference and colonial arrogance collide.

Maitrey book gives a good peek into the lives of India’s intellectual elite way back in the s, which was doed liberal and yet conservative: I have read this novel in it’s regional language and the way Maitreyi Devi has written it, the way she ddvi poured down her heart into words is brilliant and truly an unforgettable story. As revealed in this novel with her side of things and which is indeed much more plausible than his, for reasons too many to counthe made public a fictional account of their otherwise platonic connection, describing a intense I would have normally rated this book to a 4 star value instead of 5, but I think it deserves greater recognition and respect if only for setting the story straight.

Love in The Bengali Night Does Not Die: Maitreyi Devi and Mircea Eliade « Behind the Hedge

Her relationship with Mircea while he was living in her house and studying under her father forms the core of the book, both for what it meant at the time and for how it effected her life afterwards. I assume it was imaginary because the lines didn’t fit the characters in my opinion. Simultaneously, the author’s deepest feelings for Mircea come out very well sie the book.

This is Amitreyi’s touching answer to a book written about her by a Romanian student who lived in her father’s house, in India, during her teenage years and who, in his book – Bengali Nights – claimed to have had an intense and intimate relationship with her during that time.

Really weird – in a good way. Both books gracefully trace the authors’ doomed love affair and its emotional aftermath.

At the end of the novel, when Devi meets Eliade for the first time in forty-two years, doe becomes a confrontation because Eliade refuses to look at her, preferring the fantasy vision in his memory to the reality in the room with him. It Does Not Die is a meditation on memory, and investigation of motivation, a study of the tragedy of self-delusion, and, in the end, a profound philosophical statement on Love and Truth.

It’s remarkable that it had left such strong imprints on the protagonists in real life Mircea Eliade and Maitreyi Devi that they penned it down independently in profuse detail after decades of detachment. University of Chicago Press- Fiction – jot. It Does Not Die: InMaitreyi, who in the meantime becomes a celebrated poet and novelist herself, publishes It Does Not Die, an account of her view on the relationship.

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Cu toate astea, comparatia este inutila intre cele doua carti. October 18, at This site uses cookies. The novel has little to recommend it as a novel. But here Maitreyi shows a young Mircea as someone I could believe she did fall in love with, however young and inexperienced they both were.

After all, her first book of poems was published, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore, when she was Obiceiurile, cultura si pasiunea bengaleza sunt descrise detaliat de catre Maitreyi Devi care ne impartaseste si cateva detalii despre familia sa si despre admiratia pentru poetul Tagore.

So rude of her not to be 16 anymore! Somewhat difficult to read because of the absence of editing, but a thoughtful and at times poetic must-read response to Bengal Nights. Forty years later Devi read Eliade’s work and published her own account of what happened.

Proud of her intelligence, Maitreyi Devi’s father had provided her with a fine and, for that time, remarkably liberal education — and encouraged his brilliant foreign student, Eliade, to study with her.