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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Eliade did spend time in the company of the then sixteen and already famous Maitreyi Devi. They are an interesting story about a colonial “love story”.

Mircea Euclid leaves her physically, but mentally the are together; forever and ever. This book and Bengal Nights must be read together.

In her account, Maitreyi Devi was intrepid and set an example as a confident author doing justice to not just literature but to herself by catharsis. But I don’t have a maitreyii out response to the reading besides an impression of her emotions, and my reaction to them.

You are commenting using your WordPress. On discovering their secret romance her father ordered Mircea to leave their house.

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

He even encouraged Mircea and Maitreyi to study together. Who knew the sevi of scandal could be even more scandalous than scandal?

There was a problem adding your email address. It by agreement with Devi, it was not published in English untilwhen it appeared as Bengal Nights.

Retrieved 15 March The scholar takes an interest in the young European and invites him to stay at his home as a member of his large household. Feb 01, Miriam Cihodariu rated it it was amazing Shelves: An impassioned plea for truth. Nov 29, Julien M. Retrieved 6 April I assume it was imaginary because the lines didn’t fit the characters in my opinion. It is beautifully written. More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nightsthe novel Eliade had fashioned out of their encounter, only to find small details and phrases, even her given name, bringing back episodes and feelings she had sp Precocious, a poet, a philosopher’s daughter, Maitreyi Devi was sixteen years old in when Mircea Eliade came to Calcutta to study with her father.


To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: To imagine that she remembered every detail of their time together even though she was writing this memoir many years later clearly showed her undying love.

It Does Not Die: A Romance – Maitreyi Devi – Google Books

When she heard that the young man with whom she had first felt the pangs of passion–but, in her account, had next to no physical contact–had portrayed their relationship as a wild, sexual affair that ended when her staunchly traditional family learned of it, her pleasant memories of the events turned to anger: The film stars a young English actor destined to be famous both for his performances on stage and screen as well as public performances of a licentious nature on Sunset Boulevard.

Amid a tangle of misunderstandings, between a European man and an Indian girl, between student and teacher, husband and wife, father and daughter, she describes a romance unfolding in the face of cultural differences but finally succumbing to cultural constraints.

Horrified by the distortions of her experience it had not been a physical relationshipin she publishes a novel, forty-four years after the events, giving the true story. Also, I like the fact that the Indian terms are explained at the end of the book. In part a counter to Eliade’s fantasies, the book is also a moving account of a first love fraught with cultural tensions, of false starts and lasting regrets.

This European-Indian encounter unveils the complexities of cultural identity and its heritage impact on lifetime relations.

dvei From his letters I realize that he had tried Simultaneously, the author’s deepest feelings for Mircea come out very well in the book. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger.

Precocious, a poet, a philosopher’s daughter, Maitreyi Devi was sixteen years old in when Mircea Eliade came to Calcutta to study with her father. The book was definitely not devu well written as “Maitreyi” but, according to Maitreyi herself, it was much closer to the real story. Transnational and Global Perspectives.

It Does Not Die: A Romance

Aug 08, Kali rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Her relationship with Mircea while he was living in her house and studying ddoes her father forms the core of the book, both for what it meant at the time and for how it effected her life afterwards.

Here a born-poet is at the height of her powers and maturity and yet is still that vulnerable, joyful sixteen-year-old girl. Against a rich backdrop of life in an upper-caste Hindu household, Devi powerfully recreates the confusion of an over-educated child simultaneously confronting sex and the differences, not only between European and Indian cultures, but also between her mother’s and father’s view of what was right.


Common terms and phrases Amrita angry Aradhana asked beautiful become began Bengali Bhowanipur body Calcutta certainly dance daughter Devayani dhuti door everything eyes face father fear feel feet felt flowers forest friends girl hair hand happened happy hear heard heart Himalayas Hindu human maaitreyi India Indian Kamini Roy Khoka mmaitreyi letter live look Maitreyi Devi Mantu marriage married meet Milu mind Naitreyi Euclid morning mother never night once Parvati person poem Poet poetry Rabi Thakur Rabindranath realised recited remained remember reply Sabi Sahib Sanskrit Santiniketan sari Sergui Shanti Shehnai sinthi smiled someone song dos standing nog strange suddenly suffering Svarga talk tears tell thing thought told touch tree truth trying turned Uday Shankar uncle verandah voice waiting walk watching wife words write wrote young.

Imagine a story like this: For a book that is often considered a “response” to Mircea Eliade’s Bengal Nightsand an attempt for Maitreyi to tell her own story of their adolescent romance, the most wonderful thing I got from this book is that it does a much better job of humanizing Mircea and making him sympathetic than his own book did.

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It Does Not Die

I still don’t think very highly of him, though. 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. Dec 30, Andreea Obreja rated it really liked it Recommends it for: The University of Chicago. Her publications include four volumes of poetry, doe works on Tagore, and numerous books on travel, philosophy, and social reform.

Reading this book first will Dke still have the same emotions that Mircea Eliade ‘s book Maitreyi have brought up in me, but in a much smaller amount because Maitreyi’s book brings a lot of understanding of her, the situation in general and a much appreciated understanding of Eliade and his actions, during and after