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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You are commenting using your WordPress. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. 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.

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!

He definitely still has that aggravating insecurity and lack of self-awareness that made his book such a frustrating read, but Maitreyi shows that side dei him while nott showing the rest of him, telling her own story while also telling Mircea’s better.

University of Chicago Press- Fiction – pages. On the Outside Looking In dian: They are an interesting story about a colonial “love story”. October 18, at And as the title suggests, true love never dies.

An engaging story from a talented and skillful poet, philosopher, and storyteller having her say about the tangled threads of passion and memory. Nov 25, Nusrat Mahmood rated it liked it Shelves: It Does Not Die is a meditation on memory, and investigation of motivation, a study of the tragedy of self-delusion, and, in the end, a profound philosophical statement on Love and Truth.


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Jan 15, Andrea rated it liked it. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Well, at least after reading this book I don’t blame ‘Allan’ from ‘Maitreyi’ so much Mircea Eliade the “colonizer” published Bengal nights which was an account of his romantic experiences with Maitreyi Devi.

Cu toate astea, comparatia este inutila intre cele doua carti. 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 Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: John Hurt and the other European cast members have pretty much phoned in their performances.

Apr 22, Andreea Tanase rated it it was amazing.

I was no enigma. Actually, it’s funny that 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. It is physically difficult to watch.

It Does Not Die

O carte interesanta, pe care ma bucur ca a scris-o ca raspuns a variantei romanesti a lui Eliade. Induring her own Europe tour, Devi came across several Romanians who recognized her name, and told they have read a book written about her.

While I was reading about the plot lines, the social backdrop, the structure of the novel etcI came across your article. Nov 29, Julien M. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. And a little spoiler, if it can really be called that: Noy and West, man and woman, reality and fantasy meet in the two books providing quite a good material for discussion I cannot say Maotreyi liked it but I didn’t dislike it either, although it is a tedious, lengthy book and not very well written.


Although the writing style of the book dates it, the rebuttals Devi provides to Eliade’s Orientalist claims about her nature are extremely pointed. T 02 41 45 – www. However, if you have read Mircea Eliade’s Bengal Nights, Matreyi Devi’s response four decades later is a necessary one. It Does Not Die is a beautiful, poetic, aching novel.

He has never returned to India because he has clung to his fantasy of her and of her land. Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: This response maktreyi Eliade’s “Bengal Nights” is a must read for dows scholar’s fans – and a very interesting read for anyone interested in autobiographical work.

In fie, Mircea Eliade, Romanian philosopher and historian, writes the famous novel Maitreyi, nkt love story between his alter ego and the young Maitreyi Devi during his stay in India. It took me a while to read this and now I don’t remember much, so I don’t know what to say 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.