Bengal Nights Mircea Eliade The University of Chicago Press. Mircea Eliade ( ) was the Sewell L. Avery Distinguished Service Professor in the. The book Bengal Nights: A Novel, Mircea Eliade is published by University of Chicago Press. BENGAL NIGHTS. User Review – Jane Doe – Kirkus. Eliade (), a major figure in the scholarly study of world religions, tells his version of younger days.

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Bengal Nights: A Novel, Eliade, Spencer

The author shows in his work the depth of asian spirit and demonstrates the major differences of relationship aproach between european and asian people. Unfortunately these differences will divide them, they were coming from different worlds which will remain so until nowadays.

It was probably the only book that I had to read for school so far and actually enjoyed. He’s like every teenager out there, imagining “What would people think if I threw myself in the Gange? Equally interesting is how an European arrives in India, looking at everything with superiority as his friends.

Allan is an employee of the company run by engineer Narendra Sen. Don’t read this book. Maitreyi says she wished she was white, for in India, girls with lighter skin are preferred. As Alain discovers that even the recently virginal Maitreyi knows the sexual secrets of the East, the two are tortured by a foreknowledge that their affair will be discovered by the teen’s modernizing, but still traditional, Hindu family.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. At once horrifying and deeply moving, Eliade’s story repeats the patterns of European engagement with India even as it exposes and condemns them.

Eliade was an intensely prolific author of fiction and non-fiction alike, publishing over 1, pieces over 60 years. 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.

I feel pitty for the human race, for all the stupidity that it bears with so much pride and arrogance, for the immense amount of pain and suffering we put one another through each day, for all the superstitions you – not me, not anymore – live your lives by with so much credulity and zeal, for all the little differences that keep us from seeing our much more obvious things we have in common.

To rid himself of the suffering, Allan retreats into a bungalow in the Himalaya mountains where he meets Jenia Issac. That is the story. Sep 04, mircea rated it it was amazing Shelves: Many of his scholarly works, as well as his two-volume autobiography and four-volume journal, are published by the Niggts of Chicago Press.

The central theme in his novels was erotic love.

Bengal Nights

The book is an interesting look into the interracial relationships that can be further complicated by race, colonial attitudes, religion, and societal expectations. Nifhts carte o voi asocia mereu cu Adam si Eva si Cel mai iubit dintre pamanteni. Her sister, having a darker complexion will have more trouble finding a suitor and her family has to put up eliiade money for that.


CalcuttaIndia KolkataIndia. Dar nu frate, asta se preda la copii de varsta maitreyiei ca fiind o poveste de dragoste. The whole experience was like a cocktail of emotions-some might call it tasty, others toxic but still… so powerful! Jan 10, Raluca rated it it was amazing. Translated into French inBengal Nights was an immediate hy success.

Open Preview See a Problem? I didn’t get bored, but that still doesn’t qualify the story with much merit. Must let it swirl around in my head a while first. It was right, benbal was just like it was supposed to happen.

Keops keops rated it did not like it Sep 25, I just kind of hated everything about this story.

Sep 15, Andreea Obreja rated it it was ok Shelves: It seems filtered through language, cultural distance and miles, but not time. CalcuttaIndia KolkataIndia. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Elade if it still is today. This novel is semi-autobiographic, published in and reprinted many times.

In fulfillment of a promise Eliade made to Maitreyi that his novel jights not be published in English during their lifetimes [1]an English translation, of MayitreyiBengal Nights did not appear until Ana Cretiu rated it did not like it Feb 08,