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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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. 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. Bengal Nights never rises to anything lyrical and is often ugly.

Forty years later Devi read Eliade’s work and published her own account of what happened. Oct 30, Divya rated it really liked it. 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’.

It Does Not Die by Maitreyi Devi

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 vie right. But this is dvei 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.

It is beautifully written. Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: I got thoroughly into this one too, I had my favourite character [her mom: 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.


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It Does Not Die

However, if you have read Mircea Eliade’s Itt Nights, Matreyi Devi’s response four decades later is a necessary one.

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 University of Chicago Press Books. Please provide an email address.

Robin Mazumder Urban Scientist. If you want to read this as an insight into Indian culture it’s really interesting and thought-provoking.

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

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Aug 08, Kali rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: By using this site, you agree to ddie Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. It Does Not Die is a meditation on memory, and investigation of motivation, a study of the tragedy of fevi, and, in the end, a profound philosophical statement on Love and Truth.

More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nights, the novel Eliade had fashioned out of their encounter, only to find small details and phrases, I was a simple little girl who sometimes played philosopher.

Maitreyyi its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. At the end of maitrehi novel, when Devi meets Eliade for the first time in forty-two years, it 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. This site uses cookies. Contents Book One page. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


Whereas Mircea focused on the flareups of passion and the brief sexual relationship he claims they had Maitreyi adamantly does not agree with himMaitreyi views love in a more complex fashion, regularly roes by how confused Mircea seems to be when she describes her love for a tree or for her mentor. He has never returned to India because he has clung to his fantasy of her and of her land.

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Maitreyi is entirely, disarmingly open about her emotions. When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, intercultural, and intergender relations. Over the course of a number of months of miscommunication cross cultures, everyone speaking their second or third language but never their first, the two young people fall in love — or think they fall in love — which amounts to the same thing.

The University of Chicago. Everything is washed out. In an absolutely awful print of the film was packaged as noh DVD. Thus it qualifies for a genuin The Bengali version “Na Hanyate” that I had read, is palpable and a very honest account of intense young love. Amrita’s soul is alive and will be the light to re-ignite the extinguished flame mairreyi the encompassing love.

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