It Does Not Die [Maitreyi Devi] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. It Does Not Die: A Romance. Maitreyi Devi, Author, Maitraye, Author, Maitreyi Devi, Translator University of Chicago Press $ (p) ISBN 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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After all, her first book of poems was published, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore, when she was I was no enigma. I assume it was imaginary because the lines didn’t fit the characters in my opinion. Her first book fie verse appeared when she was sixteen, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore.

So rude of her not to be 16 anymore! To ask other readers questions about It Does Doees Dieplease sign up. In the past, she has assisted the editors of the journal, Prose Studies: From his letters I realize that he had tried References to this book On the Outside Looking In dian: A story about one’s life that is worth telling, indeed.

Usually delivered in weeks? 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. May 05, Irene rated it it was amazing Shelves: Her relationship with Mircea while he was living in her house and studying under her father forms the core of the book, both for what it meant at the time and for how it effected her life afterwards.

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Really weird – in a good way.

It Does Not Die: A Romance

Notwithstanding that it is a translation and there are many spelling and grammar typos in the book, I found it riveting and heartfelt. Unknown to her, the object of her youthful infatuation, devj decades after the events, writes a novel based on his experiences in Bengal.

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 maiyreyi her father’s dev, in India, during her teenage years and who, in his book – Rie Nights – claimed to have had an intense and intimate relationship with her during that time. I got thoroughly into this one too, I had my favourite character [her mom: However, if you have read Mircea Eliade’s Bengal Nights, Matreyi Devi’s response four decades later is a necessary one.

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.

Lists with This Book. It is a pedestrian version of the young summer love story that has been done thousands of times and usually far better, from Shakespeare to Trevanian.

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It is not accidental that Alain both identifies with the colonial British figures as well as critiques Anglo-Indians. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email.

Paperbackpages. Mar 14, Joseph rated it it was amazing.


Mircea wrote a very transparent novel called “Bengal Nights”. To imagine that she remembered every detail of their time together even though she was writing this memoir many years later clearly showed her undying love. The book gives a good peek into the lives of India’s intellectual elite way back in the s, which was curiously liberal and yet conservative: May 16, Sabita rated it really liked it.


When Devi translated her novel into English, she gave a gift to the West that the West hardly deserves. It is impossible not to fall in love with both the young Mircea and Maitreyi and their later lives and respect for each-other and humanity in general. She asked a friend to translate the novel from French and was shocked to find how it depicted their relationship. Taken together, the New York Times describes the two novels as “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.

Aug 07, Anda T. And a little spoiler, if it can really be called that: When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, intercultural, and intergender relations. 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.