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Set in s Calcutta, this is a roman á clef of remarkable intimacy. Originally published in Romanian in , this semiautobiographical novel by the world. The book Bengal Nights: A Novel, Mircea Eliade is published by University of Chicago Press. Bengal Nights by Mircea Eliade and It Does Not Die by Maitreyi Devi were released in by the University of Chicago Press as companion volumes depicting.

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As vrea ca eseurile de 3 pagini pe care le scriem despre Eliade, marele scriitor romanesc, sa fie despre un roman care invata cititorii cum sa nu fie cand merg in India ca niste albi privilegiati. If anyone was naive, it was Eliade, who writes of Maitreyi in his autobiography: The author masked his own identity in the book yet he mentioned Maitreyi’s very clearly and even used an identifier He mentions her association with Tagore’s protegee. The brilliance of the novel is niyhts, despite the intense focus on love and pain, it teaches so much about India and Britain at the time in which it set s.

A Terrible Hurt:

That she may have had sexual intercourse with him or anyone else before marriage bwngal a sign of the permission that she felt she had, to take such a risk in the face of the kinds of horrors family and society routinely had in store for women who crossed that line.

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Finally she stated that my stories did not fit the “formula” for erotica: Indeed, many married younger. But then again, Eliade is Eliade. The film, Les Nuits Bengaliappeared in I didn’t get bored, but that still doesn’t qualify the story with much merit.

J ust out of curiosity, I decided to look through the reviews of the two books, to see if anyone else besides myself had been struck by the unusual nature of Devi’s book.


Her sister, having a darker complexion will have more trouble finding a suitor and her family has to put up more money for that. British Novels of India Since View all 18 comments. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Not overstocks or remainder copy!

A Terrible Hurt: The Untold Story behind the Publishing of Maitreyi Devi

Originally published in Romanian inthis semiautobiographical novel by the world renowned scholar Mircea Eliade details the passionate awakenings of Alain, an ambitious young French engineer flush with colonial pride and prejudice and full of a European fascination with the mysterious subcontinent.

Things are complicated by the different views, and the Indian customs. Am crezut ca o tin minte din adolescenta, cand am citit-o prima data, dar nu mai tineam minte mare lucru in afara de faptul ca m-a marcat.

The film, Les Nuits Bengaliappeared in For many years, Maitreyi Devi was not aware that the story had been night.

Bengal Nights

The statue is so masterfully carved that you cannot tell whether the two are locked in combat or in loving embrace. From a personal letter she wrote to Eliade’s translator Mac Linscott Ricketts, it becomes clear that the title, which means “Sun Rays” in Bengali, was an affectionate nick name given to Nightw by Devi’s father.

Sep 15, Andreea Obreja rated it it was ok Shelves: The books referred to in this essay are published by the University of Chicago Press ; you may go to their webpages from these links:. Worse still, it has the stamp of “semi-autobiographical” to validate the reality of his experiences and fits in with what Ian Buruma calls “a popular subgenre of confessional literature Sep 25, Realini rated it really liked it.

Hardly a single reviewer in the United States seems to have attempted any kind of research on the immense hurdles faced by a woman like Devi in writing a book like It Does Not Die.


I find it very interesting that Mircea Eliade saw interracial love from a different perspective. It’s probably the first book I hate with such a passion so you can’t say I’m someone who likes to criticize what others write.

Had she stated the “formula” at the outset, I could have told her myself that the stories wouldn’t fit her needs. View all 17 comments. The University of Chicago Press, Good knowledge, but bad insight.

He promised that he will write this was a phantasy but he has not done so.

Books by Mircea Eliade. Instead of thorough reporting on the autonomous existence of her book, what we see in this country, as pointed out by Udayan Mitra in “The Imperialism of Culture” is that: Carcanet, first edition book is tight with no makrings, mild tanning to page edges, slight curling to dj edges with a couple of tiny tears.

The head of the family is very crossed when he finds out that he had been betrayed, as he sees it. A few copies of the French translation of Eliade’s book might have been available here and there, but with little effect. When her parents realized that the two were tangling amorously, Eliade was asked to leave the DasGupta residence and ordered by Professor DasGupta never to contact Maitreyi again.

Iar Maitreyi este pentru mine o carte trista, o iubire ideala. I fantasize about what might have been different in their lives if they had had the permission, or the option, to confront those responsible for the harsh constraints of their lives.