By Mircea Eliade
Set in Nineteen Thirties Calcutta, it is a roman clef of exceptional intimacy. initially released in Romanian in 1933, this semi-autobiographical novel by way of the area well known student Mircea Eliade info the passionate awakenings of Alain, an bold younger French engineer flush with colonial satisfaction and prejudice and whole of a eu fascination with the mysterious subcontinent.
Offered the hospitality of a senior Indian colleague, Alain grasps on the probability to find the actual India firsthand. He quickly reveals himself enchanted by way of his host's daughter, the stunning and inscrutable Maitreyi, a precocious younger poet and previous scholar of Tagore. What follows is an enthralling, tentative flirtation that quickly, opposed to all of the proprieties and precepts of Indian society, blossoms right into a love affair either very unlikely and eventually tragic. This erotic ardour performs itself out in Alain's suggestions lengthy after its sour end. In hindsight he units down the tale, quoting from the diaries of his disordered days, and attempting to make feel of the sorrowful affair.
A vibrantly poetic love tale, Bengal Nights can be a merciless account of the wreckage left within the wake of a tender man's self discovery. without delay frightening and deeply relocating, Eliade's tale repeats the styles of ecu engagement with India while it exposes and condemns them. precious for the perception it bargains into Eliade's lifestyles and concept, it's a paintings of serious highbrow and emotional power.
"Bengal Nights is forceful and harshly poignant, written with an excellent love of India educated by means of clear-eyed realizing. yet don't open it when you like to stay unmoved through your examining subject. it's sufficient to make stones weep.
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A revelation: Chabu, a pantheistic soul. She makes no distinction between her own feelings and those of inanimate objects. For example, she gives biscuits to a tree because she eats biscuits herself, even though she knows the tree cannot eat them. " Having consigned these thoughts to paper, I stretched myself out on the bed, abandoning myself to the free run of my thoughts. " That evening, I worked with Narendra Sen in his study. As I y was leaving, he put his hand on my shoulder and said:"M wife cares for you very much, Alain.
In your place, I would translate something else," she declared. After a few of these sessions, she stopped looking at me and took to amusing herself while I talked. " and compose little verses in Bengali. Unable to look her in the eyes, I had the disagreeable impression that I was speaking to a stranger. Yet I dared not ask her to stop. "You do not like me to write while you talk to me? " she asked one day, looking at me directly and giving her voice a feminine inflection that took me by surprise.
I thought that Maitreyi would stop and talk to me, but she passed my door and ran upstairs. I heard her closing her windows. I was utterly restless, I wanted to go out, to walk in the park. " Maitreyi was leaning over the balustrade, dressed in a plain white house sari, her hair flowing loose over her shoulders, her arms bare. I replied that I was going for a walk to buy tobacco. " "And what about me? " "If you want, come up, we can talk ... " The invitation troubled me. I circulated quite freely about the house, but I had never gone into Maitreyi's room.
Bengal Nights by Mircea Eliade