ISBN. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Eliade, Mircea, [Maitreyi. English] Bengal nights I Mircea Eliade ; translated by Catherine. Two Tales of Love: BENGAL NIGHTS, By Mircea Eliade, Translated from the French by Catherine Spencer ; (University of Chicago: $;. La Nuit Bengali, French (Bengal Nights, English) is a Romanian novel written by the author and philosopher Mircea Eliade. It is a fictionalized account of  Published in English‎: ‎


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It Does Not Die is a beautiful, poetic, aching novel.


Here a born-poet is at the height of her powers and maturity and yet is still that vulnerable, joyful sixteen-year-old girl. Devi slips back and forth in time, not simply remembering and all the years since, but living them again, even as her family life, her political mircea eliade bengal nights charitable work, and her poetry swirl around her.

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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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.

Is love a material object that can be snatched away mircea eliade bengal nights one and given to another? Is it a property or an ornament?

It is a light, Mircea, a mircea eliade bengal nights — like the light of intelligence, like the light of knowledge is the light of love. But he turned what evidently were fervent but limited caresses into a lavishly sexual affair, with Maitreyi paying nightly bedroom visits as a kind of mystically inflamed Hindu goddess of love.

Forty years after that, Maitreyi Devi, now a grandmother and known at home and abroad as a social reformer and Tagore scholar, was told the details of the book whose contents mircea eliade bengal nights had only been vaguely aware of.

She was horrified that her adolescent love story, strung tightly between desire and inhibition, had been turned into a full-fledged sexual romance and that she was so plainly identified in it.

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Besides the pain and anger, there was something else: In the days after her father banned Eliade from the house and forbade him to communicate, the young man had ignored the desperate messages Maitreyi contrived to send him.

Bengal Nights was written by a European man in India Calcutta in the sso I knew I was going to be shaking my head a lot. I expected racism, exotification, cultural ignorance and superiority, paternalism and simplification of the other, and I got all those: These Indians, whom I loved so much that Mircea eliade bengal nights wanted to become one of them, all nurtured in the recesses of their beings a whole impenetrable history and mythology.

Cu toate astea, anul asta am studiat-o la scoala si i-am disecat fiecare substrat, analizand tot, absolut tot, facand caracterizari, demonstratii si avand-o ca subiect la ascultari si la teza. Tot ce credeam despre ea s-a risipit instantaneu, orice farama de magie s-a facut uitata si la fel si misterul pe care il regaseam inainte; pentru mine, Maitreyi n-a mai fost decat o creatie literara si atat, doar o carte, doar o bucata de hartie.

In opinia mea, e una din cartile care trebuie citite doar o data, memorate si imprimate in suflet, analiza si orice "investigatie" m-au facut, pe mine cel putin, sa pot privi aceeasi carte, de 2 ori, cu ochi diferiti. Here was his opportunity to say that most of the things he wrote about me were not true and absolve me of the guilt.

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

He has kept the point deliberately hazy. Why does he not keep his word?

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If you are his well wisher you should warn him. He asked a friend of his whether I went to see him because he was a 'big man' who might get a Nobel prize!!

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If anything, Devi was being savvy and assertively American, threatening with her right to legal action. If anyone was naive, it was Eliade, who writes of Maitreyi in his autobiography: I changed the names of the characters, of course, except for Maitreyi and her sister Chabu I never thought, however, about the possibility of its being read in Calcutta I simply did not 'visualize' a public.

Eliade's book, unavailable in English untilhad no impact in India during the years when Devi's book flourished there. Devi writes in her letters to Ricketts of the fame and success the book brought her in India: I could write the book It Does Not Die which has brought me not only as big a fame as Mircea's Maitreyi but have [sic] made me dearer mircea eliade bengal nights our own people.


It is unbelievable that in a vast country like India the book has taken grip over young and old.