IT DOES NOT DIE MAITREYI DEVI PDF

More than forty years passed before Devi read Bengal Nights, the 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. They were also, as it turned out, deeply taken with each other. 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 cultural differences but finally succumbing to cultural constraints. On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love. Taken together they provide 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.

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Jun 29, Paul rated it really liked it Revenge on an old lover Mircea Eliade by writing a far superior book. You go, girl! But here Maitreyi shows a young Mircea as someone I could believe she did fall in love with, however young and inexperienced they both were.

And what a life! Struggling to find a place for herself as a young Indian woman in a time of immense change, being more liberated than the norm, but still being groomed to be a replacement for her father, seeking liberation from the more restrictive aspects of her religion and culture, but not by adopting a Western version of that liberation, moving freely between interpreting the world analytically, philosophically, and poetically.

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. Whereas Mircea focused on the flareups of passion and the brief sexual relationship he claims they had Maitreyi adamantly does not agree with him , Maitreyi views love in a more complex fashion, regularly baffled by how confused Mircea seems to be when she describes her love for a tree or for her mentor.

In short, this is a book written by someone with much more emotional maturity, much more craft, and much more empathy. Highly recommended. The ending was weird. Really weird - in a good way. From his letters I realize that he had tried

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This text previously appeared in the Toronto Review and appears on the University of Chicago Press website by permission of the author. This text may be used and shared in accordance with the fair-use provisions of U. Archiving, redistribution, or republication of this text on other terms, in any medium, requires the consent of Ginu Kamani. India has always been a separate world, hard for any outsider, Eastern or Western, to penetrate. Such a culture becomes a projective test, revealing the interpreter rather than the interpreted. All interpretations of India are ultimately autobiographical. Maitreyi Devi was sixteen years old in , the year Mircea Eliade, then twenty-three, came to Calcutta to study with her father.

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