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IT DOES NOT DIE by Maitreyi Devi | Kirkus Reviews
An impassioned plea for truth. The mystery is your creation. 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 spent decades trying to forget.
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’.
Eliade deplored these habits of the Anglo-Indians that Alain, a Romanian, seems to pick up. 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.
Both books gracefully trace the authors’ doomed love affair and its emotional aftermath. Reading this book first will be, at best, a somewhat interesting experiment; but you will not understand some parts of it xoes you’ll not enjoy it as much as possible. Maitreyi finds out about the book and her alleged relationship with the Romanian student after many years, when she is a grown, educated woman.
Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: 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.
What followed was scandal and a life-long separation. This book and Bengal Nights must be read together. When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, intercultural, and intergender relations. The University of Chicago. Email required Address never made public. U of Chicago Press, This is seen in his other novel Domnisoara Christinawhere the protagonist is a strigoi, a vampire-like figure from Romanian mythology.
Perhaps it is never more ugly than when Eliade, at the end of the novel, goes off to the Himalayas to purify himself like a yogi on a mountain top, and finds cleansing in the bed of a blonde Nordic Valkyrie!
Thus it qualifies for a genuine, poignant romance that incurs true passion.
Love in The Bengali Night Does Not Die: Maitreyi Devi and Mircea Eliade
At the end of the 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.
A Romance Maitreyi Devi No preview available – The hero of her virgin romance, Mircea Euclid, thereby becomes the villain threatening to tarnish her reputation and disturb the maitryei of her married life. The novels also reveal how the power dynamics noh the colonizers and the colonized, West and East, Occident and Orient translate into the power dynamics informing the relationship of the ruling and the working classes, racial majorities and the racial minorities in post-Independence India.
Jan 15, Andrea rated it liked it. 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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She was 16 then. When Devi translated her novel into English, she gave a gift to the West that the West hardly deserves. Refresh and try again. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Cu toate astea, comparatia este inutila intre cele doua carti.
Usually delivered in weeks? The scholar takes an interest in the young European and invites him to stay at his home as a member of his large household.
It Does Not Die: A Romance
Your book is a nightmare for me. Also, I like the fact that the Indian terms foes explained at the end of the book. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. But now I have really come, to perform an impossible deed.
You can learn a few important lessons if you really pay attention and not just browse through these books. It doesn’t stop me from still liking a great deal of his works, but it’s in spite of his personal character, and definitely not an endorsement of it. These two books should be read one after the mot. 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 Only a woman [wife: Eliade did spend time in the company of the then sixteen and already famous Maitreyi Devi.
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The book gives a good peek into the lives of India’s intellectual maitreyyi way back in the s, which was curiously liberal and yet conservative: Her publications include four volumes of poetry, eight works on Tagore, and numerous books on travel, philosophy, and social reform. Dec 29, Kienie rated it really liked it Shelves: Her first book of rie appeared when she was sixteen, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore.
I will not claim to be objective per se, but I will say that I maktreyi not interested in demonstrating the aesthetic superiority of one over the other. And the sound is as muddy as the water of the Sacred Ganges. Everything is washed out. Feb 12, Anca rated it liked it Recommends it for: