MAITREYI DEVI IT DOES NOT DIE PDF

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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odes Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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.

More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nightsthe novel Eliade had fashioned out of their encounter, only diw 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.

Deci 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 ddie given name, bringing back episodes and feelings she had spent decades trying to forget. It Does Not Die noot Devi’s response. 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 jot.

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. They were also, as it turned out, deeply taken with each other. When their secret romance was discovered, Devi’s father banished the young Eliade from their home. 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.

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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.

On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. 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.

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. Maitreyi is entirely, disarmingly open about her emotions.

An impassioned plea for truth. Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: Both books gracefully trace the authors’ doomed love affair and its emotional aftermath. Paperbackpages. Published April 1st by University of Chicago Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about It Does Not Dieplease sign up.

Lists with This Book. Nov 29, Julien M. I 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 These two books should be read one after the other. You will be given the chance to experience their encounter from both perspectives, something that is rare, even in literature.

Reading this book first will I 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 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.

You can learn a few important lessons if you really pay attention and not just browse through these books. And a little spoiler, if it can really be called that: Feb 01, Miriam Cihodariu rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

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The book is written as a response to Mircea Eliade’s ‘Maitreyi’ novel, which is douchey to say the least. 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.

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 intensely erotic liaison, causing her and her family a lot of trouble. And in spite of his much advertised feelings for her which in part may have been truehe refused to see her when she visited him in old age, in search of an explanation.

His excuse is that he doesn’t want the present reality to tarnish the ideal love image he still has of her, and the candle he still holds in his heart, yada yada.

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

Fancy way to say that actually, he’s embarrassed of the undeserved scandal he caused, and that he can’t handle seeing an aged woman and still claim their ‘special love’. So rude of her not to be 16 anymore! Anyway, to me, this book just confirmed things I already suspected about the jerk profile of an author who is controversial in some of his other works as well. It doesn’t stop me from still liking a great deal of his works, but it’s in spite devl his personal character, and definitely not an endorsement of it.

Nov 25, Nusrat Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: View all 4 comments. Feb 12, Anca rated it liked it Recommends it for: The book was definitely not as well written as ir but, according to Maitreyi herself, it was much closer to the real story.

Maitreyi Devi pleads that the character Maitryi in Eliade’s book is not much alike her, maireyi narrates the facts how they truly were and their meeting after 40 years. I got thoroughly into this one too, I had my favourite character [her mom: One idea I liked from the book, but not dis relevant for the content: Only a woman [wife: Jun 29, Paul rated it really liked it.

Revenge on an old lover Mircea Eliade by writing a far superior book. Dec 30, Andreea Obreja rated it really liked it Recommends it for: It took me a while to read this and now I don’t remember much, so I don’t know what to say The ending was weird.

Really weird – ont a good way. I assume it was imaginary because the lines didn’t fit the characters in my opinion. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that it should be a love story, it should be about Mircea ‘Euclid’ as she states a few timesyet all she talks about is herself. Actually, it’s funny that right after she says 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 Actually, it’s funny doee right after she says that she won’t say that much about her life, as ‘Euclid’ is the hero here, there is about half a book about her and his name is not even mentioned.

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. Well, at least after reading this book I don’t blame ‘Allan’ from ‘Maitreyi’ so much From his letters I realize that he had tried I still don’t think very highly of him, though. I really enjoyed the last conversation because after all those years he had reached a level similar to hers and they finally understand each other’s minds.

Also, I like the fact that the Indian terms mitreyi explained at the end of the book. If you want to read this as an insight into Indian culture it’s really interesting and thought-provoking. Apr 22, Andreea Tanase rated it it was amazing.

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. Maitreyi finds out about the book and her alleged relationship with the Romanian student after many years, when she is a grown, educated woman. She decides to tell her own story. The Romanian student who, at 21 had received This is Amitreyi’s touching dors 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.

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The Romanian student who, at 21 had received a scholarship to study Hindi and the Hindu culture in India, is none other than Mircea Eliade, who later became one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th Century, an illustrious Professor who taught at various prestigious European and American universities and the author of The History of Religious Ideas and Beliefs, among another few dozen fiction and non-fiction publications.

It is impossible not to fall in love with both the young Mircea and Maitreyi and their later lives and respect for maaitreyi and humanity in general. Feb 18, Shromona Dasgupta rated it ig was amazing. I have read this novel in if regional language and the way Maitreyi Devi has written it, the way she has poured down her jt into words is brilliant and truly an unforgettable story.

I have not laid my eyes on it’s English translation to comment about it but as reviews goes I can be affirmative that the regional version is better in expressing the writer’s words. Aug 08, Kali rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 15, Andrea rated it liked it. I cannot say I liked it but I didn’t dislike it either, although it is a tedious, lengthy book and not very well written.

However, if you have maitrsyi Mircea Eliade’s Bengal Nights, Matreyi Devi’s response four decades later is a necessary one. He was an immature dreamer who lived in fantasy world rather than reality and he used her, though I suspect, without intending to do harm. East and West, man and woman, reality and fantasy meet in the two books providing quite a good material for discussion I cannot say I liked it but I didn’t dislike it either, although it is a tedious, lengthy book and not very well written.

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. Mar 14, Joseph rated it it was amazing.

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. In my review of Mircea’s dose 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.

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 was a good romance or that Mircea’s avatar Alain was a sympathetic character. 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. He definitely still has doee aggravating insecurity and lack of self-awareness that made his book such a frustrating read, but Maitreyi shows that side of him while also showing the rest of him, telling her own story while also telling Mircea’s better.

But this is still Maitreyi’s story, and as glad as I am that I got a better view into what seems like a more accurate Mircea, he’s a sideshow to Maitreyi’s poetic account of her young life. And what a life! 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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