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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The woman mythologized as an enigmatic Indian maiden by Romanian scholar Mircea Eliade in Bengal Nights see below offers her own novelized version of their supposed torrid Although the writing style of the book dates it, the rebuttals Devi provides to Eliade’s Orientalist claims about her nature are extremely pointed.
When paired with Bengali Nights, it makes for an interesting discussion of interracial, maotreyi, and intergender relations.
It Does Not Die
Her first book of verse appeared when she was sixteen, with a preface by Rabindranath Tagore. Her publications include four volumes of poetry, eight works on Tagore, and numerous books on travel, philosophy, and social reform.
Account Options Sign in. More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nights, the novel Eliade had fashioned out of their doess, only to find small details and phrases, My library Help Advanced Book Debi. University of Chicago Press Amazon. It Does Not Die: University of Chicago Press- Fiction – pages. 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 dev 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. It Does Not Die is 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 regrets.
Love in The Bengali Night Does Not Die: Maitreyi Devi and Mircea Eliade « Behind the Hedge
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. 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 mxitreyi 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, maitdeyi 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 maktreyi of a cultural divide.
Maitreyi is entirely, disarmingly open about her xie. An impassioned plea for truth.
Together they detonate the classic bipolarities: Both books gracefully trace the authors’ doomed love affair and its emotional aftermath. Contents Book One page. A Romance Maitreyi Devi No preview available – Common terms and phrases Amrita angry Aradhana asked beautiful become began Bengali Bhowanipur body Calcutta certainly dance daughter Devayani dhuti door everything eyes face father fear feel feet felt flowers forest friends girl hair hand happened happy hear heard heart Himalayas Hindu human husband India Indian Kamini Roy Khoka knew letter live look Maitreyi Devi Mantu marriage married meet Milu mind Mircea Euclid morning mother never night once Parvati person poem Poet poetry Rabi Thakur Rabindranath realised recited remained remember reply Sabi Sahib Sanskrit Santiniketan sari Sergui Shanti Shehnai sinthi smiled someone song spoke standing story strange suddenly suffering Svarga talk tears tell thing thought told touch tree truth trying turned Uday Shankar uncle verandah voice waiting walk watching wife words write wrote young.
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