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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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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 maihreyi time and for how it effected her life afterwards. The only thing I didn’t like about this book is the fact that it should be a love story, it should be about Mircea ‘Euclid’ as she states a few jtyet all she talks about is herself.

Supriya Pathak is marvellously natural as Gayatri, the Maitreyi Devi character but is obviously older than sixteen. Together they detonate di classic bipolarities: Mircea Eliade the “colonizer” published Bengal nights which was an account of his romantic experiences with Maitreyi Devi. 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. Mircea Eliade, a respected Romanian expert on science and religion, went to India at a young age to study.

Mircea Euclid leaves her physically, but mentally the are nt forever and ever. I really enjoyed the last conversation because after all those years he had reached a level similar to hers and they finally understand each other’s minds. Retrieved 6 April There was a problem adding your email dvei. Inwhen Sergui al-Georghe, a close friend of Mircea, who came to Kolkata told Maitreyi about the details of the book, she came to know the book described a sexual relationship between them.


Although the writing style of the book dates it, the rebuttals Devi provides to Eliade’s Orientalist claims about her nature are extremely pointed. I have read this novel in it’s regional degi and the way Maitreyi Devi has written it, the way she has poured down her heart into words is brilliant and truly an unforgettable story. Also, I like the fact that the Indian terms are explained at the end of the book.

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 affair.

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It Does Not Die

And in spite of his much advertised feelings for her which in part may have been truehe refused to see her when she visited him in old age, in search of an explanation. Devi later wrote “We were two good exhibits in his museum”. Email required Maitrdyi never made public.

On its own, It Does Not Die is a fascinating story of cultural conflict and thwarted love.

IT DOES NOT DIE by Maitreyi Devi | Kirkus Reviews

She decides xoes tell her own story. You can learn a few important lessons if you really pay attention and not just browse through these books. The University of Chicago Press Books. But she was still unaware of its content. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. And as the title suggests, true love never dies.


Contents Book One page. Hugh Grant is somehow both slack-jawed and wooden throughout, and his accent wanders back and forth across the English Channel. They were also, as it turned out, deeply taken with each other.

Perhaps it is never more ugly than when Eliade, at the end of ddevi novel, goes off to the Himalayas to purify himself like a yogi on a mountain top, and finds cleansing in the bed of a blonde Nordic Valkyrie! In the 21st century, what makes a difference, any difference, into a cultural difference between Europe and India? She was 16 then.

When their secret romance was discovered, Devi’s father banished the young Eliade from their home. It Does Not Die is Devi’s response. May 16, Sabita rated it really liked it. The Romanian student who, at 21 had received a scholarship to study Hindi and the Hindu culture in India, is none other than Mircea Eliade, who later became one of the greatest philosophers of the 20th Century, an illustrious Professor who taught at various prestigious European and American universities and the author of The History of Religious Ideas and Beliefs, among another few dozen fiction and non-fiction publications.

What followed was scandal and a life-long separation. Turnabout is fair play.