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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It Does Not Die is Devi’s response. InMaitreyi, who in the meantime becomes a celebrated poet and novelist herself, publishes It Does Not Die, an account of her view ide the relationship.

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

Retrieved 15 March Taken together they provide an unusually touching story of young love unable to prevail against an opposition whose strength was tragically buttressed by the uncertainties of a cultural divide.

Think like the mountain, encompass the landscape and its culture, see beyond what we have only come to see. Her father orders the young man out of the house and threatens to have him deported if he tries to contact his daughter.

Unknown to her, the object of her youthful infatuation, two decades after the events, writes a novel based on his experiences in Bengal. In my review of Mircea’s book I came away from it thinking he suffered from more than the usual young man’s vanity and lack of self-awareness, and wondering why people seemed to think it 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.

Struggling to find a place for herself as a young Indian woman in a time of immense change, being more liberated than the norm, but still being groomed to be a replacement for her father, seeking liberation from the more restrictive aspects of her religion and culture, but not by adopting a Western version of that liberation, moving freely between interpreting the world analytically, philosophically, and poetically.

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InEliade published La nuit bengali. Lists with This Book. 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.


The woman mythologized as an enigmatic Indian maiden by Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade in Bengal Nights see below offers her own novelized version of their supposed torrid O data cu varianta sa de poveste de dragoste, aflam si detalii impresionante despre India anilor The University of Chicago. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Dsvi Book One page. 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, dei philosopher’s daughter, Maitreyi Devi was sixteen years old in when Mircea Eliade came to Calcutta to study with her father.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The Romanian student who, at 21 had received 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. 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.

Reading this book first will be, at best, a somewhat interesting experiment; but you will not understand some parts of it and you’ll not enjoy it as much as possible.

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Actually, it’s funny that right after she noot that she won’t say that much abou It took me a while to read this and now I don’t remember much, so I don’t know what to say By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

A wonderful book to consider for a Valentine’s Day theme, which is the reason we read it in our Sevi Group. Also, you can’t tell that she’s in love until she says she is, and it’s totally surprising because there is no sign of such a thing. 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 maifreyi differences but finally succumbing to cultural constraints.


It Does Not Die is a beautiful, poetic, aching novel. The central character Amrita searches for her unfathomable love and explores the immortality of love through her own soul. O carte interesanta, pe care ma bucur ca a scris-o ca raspuns a variantei romanesti a lui Eliade.

Planned Pedanthood I think thoughts But revi was still unaware of its content. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

When sie secret romance was discovered, Devi’s father banished the young Eliade from their home. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Feb 18, Shromona Dasgupta rated it it was amazing.

Sorry, your blog cannot share mqitreyi by email. Be the first to discover new talent! From his letters I realize that he had tried There was a problem adding your email address. 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.

It Does Not Die: A Romance

But Eliade has always refused to face the reality of Devi. 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.

Really weird – in a good way. 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: Imagine making a trip to Europe as an adult and finding people who know intimate details of your teenaged years.

When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, intercultural, and intergender relations.

View all 4 comments. East and West, man and woman, reality and fantasy meet in the two books providing quite a good material for discussion from a 21st century perspective. Robin Mazumder Urban Scientist.

Account Options Sign in. These two works open up the European-Indian dialogue between Professor Sorin Alexandrescu, distinguished essayist and literary theorist, and Professor Udaya Narayana Singh, prominent linguist and creative writer.