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3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  8,784 ratings  ·  129 reviews

Set in 1930s Calcutta, this is a roman á clef of remarkable intimacy. Originally published in Romanian in 1933, this semiautobiographical novel by the world renowned scholar Mircea Eliade details the passionate awakenings of Alain, an ambitious young French engineer flush with colonial pride and prejudice and full of a European fascination with the mysterious subcontinent.

Paperback, 200 pages
Published March 28th 2003 by Humanitas (first published January 1st 1933)
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Ultima noapte de dragoste, întîia noapte de război by Camil PetrescuMaitreyi by Mircea EliadeCel mai iubit dintre pământeni by Marin PredaMoromeții I by Marin PredaPădurea spânzuraţilor by Liviu Rebreanu
Best Romanian Literature
2nd out of 248 books — 319 voters
Maitreyi by Mircea EliadeUltima noapte de dragoste, întâia noapte de război by Camil PetrescuCel mai iubit dintre pământeni by Marin PredaEnigma Otiliei by George CălinescuRomanul adolescentului miop by Mircea Eliade
Best Romanian Books
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I hate him! He gets what he wants, then leaves, doing all kinds of stupid stuff because suffering for love is just so poetic and everybody just loves a sad hero... Or in the beginning when he just couldn't admit what he really thought and mocked everything Indian so that he wouldn't look bad. And in the end he just HAD to be such a cynic about that girl's thoughts <.<

I don't feel like rating this. There were some things I liked but I can't remember them because I'm too furious. I shall rat
Jul 31, 2007 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: the sophisticated natures
An absolutely fabulous love story beetwen different worlds, but essentialy the same...The atmoshere is can smell the parfurmes, can taste the flavours, can feel that delicate "sari"...can even think in that specific way..that Maitreyi is used to...
Fabulous and sweet and touching!
Julien M.
I love it and I hate it at the same time, if that is at all possible. I just finished reading it for the second time and, I don't really remember anything like this after reading it the first time, but it hit something inside me, wherever and whatever that is, and a very weird combination of feelings surfaced. I suppose Eliade succeeded in making the reader, or at least me, feel as close as possible to what he must have felt back then, if not towards Maitreyi, at least towards the book itself. B ...more
This book is one of my favorite ones. It sure deserves a 10 star rating in the original language. I have read it in Romanian and it completely stole my consciousness for 2 days of reading. A sad true love story.
Maitreyi Devi wrote *It Does Not Die. A Romance* as a response to Eliades book.
Diana Cigher
Jun 11, 2013 Diana Cigher rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Diana by: my romanian teacher
I was planning on reading this book for a very long time and now that we were asked to read it for our Romanian class I thought that this was the perfect opportunity. I actually think that this book is one of very few that I'm really glad that it is included in the scholarly program, because, to be honest, the other books and authors are really lame. Or maybe it is just my unconditional love for Eliade's literature.
What I liked most about this book was that I could actually see the love growing
This is another of those books that everybody seems to like except me. I think the main problem is that I found the main character - a thinly veiled author avatar - completely unsympathetic and ofter quite infuriating in his arrogant and clumsy handling of a foreign culture and others' feelings. It almost felt as if this was a 'villain protagonist' book sometimes.
Momentously racist / orientalist / makes me hate humanity, remembering that I once saw no problem with all the bizarre things Eliade writes / does to Indian culture in this book makes me want to hurt myself...
o interactiune instinctuala cu incercari de anulare a anumitor limite/constrangeri... o metamorfoza pe nesimtite ce-o vad a fi inevitabila unui tanar fascinat de cat mai autenticul 'oriental'. Unul din acele lucruri ce trebuie facute cat mai devreme in viata, desi poate ca unii nu reusesc niciodata sa iasa din ei nici macar pentru asa o scurta bucata de timp precum s-a dovedit a fi intreaga poveste cuprinsa in aceasta carte.

O frumoasa poveste despre contrasturi si o anumita iesire din sine prin
Deși scrisă frumos și cu detalii deosebite, de obicei foarte puțin prețuite în alte cărți, m-a plictisit. Totul merge încet și previzibil, ba sunt eroii în extaz, ba gîndesc la moarte și plîng, și tot așa pe tot parcursul istoriei, fără mare sens, scenariu și interes. Se presupune că descrierea detaliată a emoțiilor și interacțiunii dintre acești 2 îndrăgostiți, necătînd de cît de ridicole sunt uneori, este destula pentru a capta interesul. Păi, nu este.
Apreciez calitatea cărții, dar nu mi-a tre
Mina Soare
Well-written, but this one has friends in the final exam reading list if you're in for that kind of thing. Most of them have something besides the seemingly endless baroque assembly of themes, motifs and endless turns of phrase.

So if I didn't get bored but that still doesn't mean there's merit in the sotry. As I see it, she opens her soul to him and he calls her primitive instead of listening. He understands (or does a good job pretending to) next to nothing about their culture and he leads her
The novel is very well written, but unfortunately, despite a good understanding of the Indian culture, the author kept his Occidental view on the Indian world. Good knowledge, but bad insight. Eliade's other novels based on his Romanian background are far better.
A book of spontaneous intense feelings lied on white paper. A book of out-of-this-world sensuality of a young girl and the sexual desire of a man, the belief of spiritual and erotic bound.
Allie R.
It was probably the only book that I had to read for school so far and actually enjoyed.
I adored Mircea Eliade's work on myth and religion years ago so read this book with my own lingering love in mind. This novel is semi-autobiographic, published in 1950 and reprinted many times. Eliade writes about a young English engineer in love with an Indian girl. That is the story. It is written in the first person and it is intense. The brilliance of the novel is that, despite the intense focus on love and pain, it teaches so much about India and Britain at the time in which it set (1930s). ...more
Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade
The fascination of the Orient

I found this story interesting on the second encounter.
It is not just an interesting love story between a European and an Indian girl, but also an opportunity to think about philosophy, communicating across cultures and the clash that sometimes replaces dialogue.
In the first place, the hero- Alain is accepted into the Indian family that somehow adopts this foreigner.
But at first sight, between him and Maitreyi there is a kind of coupe de foud
All i can say is WOW! This book really impressed me, and is definetely outstanding among the other literature that i should read for school.The story kept me under pressure,that from the half of the book, i couldn't put it down without reading till the end. The book reverses one's thoughts, beliefs and understanding about indian culture. The author shows in his work the depth of asian spirit and demonstrates the major differences of relationship aproach between european and asian people.
Elena Druță
O carte frumoasă, dar prea zaharisită.
Exotismul, misticismul şi puritatea acestui roman par să fie argumente care nu pot fi negate pentru ideea că dragostea există mai presus de orice altceva. Finalul deschis al romanul dă motiv de gândire oricărui cititor sceptic față de puterea iubirii…

…şi dacă n-ar fi decât o păcăleală a dragostei mele? De ce să cred? De unde să ştiu? Aş vrea să privesc ochii Maitreyiei…
Alecu Matraguna
cea mai tare poveste de dragoste citită până acum. cartea e vibrație pură.
This is literally the only book I ever had to read for school and actually enjoyed it.
I loved it to bits and read it quite fast too (for a school reading assignment, I mean).
But then again, Eliade is Eliade. He's wonderful, he's a classic and I just love his work.
A book about the many differences in cultures, cultures and love, impediments, human beeings who think different but they love in the same strong way.
It's an emotional book,sincere...I loved the way Eliade knew to reveal things in such way to make us feel the same way he felt.
Aug 25, 2013 Eduard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Eduard by: My Romanian Teacher

Maitreyi by Mircea Eliade is,for me,one of the best Romanian books I've read(until the date of this review)along with Elevul Dima dintr-a şaptea by Mihail Drumeş.

The story is written from the point of view of Allan,a 24-year old man from Europe that is currently living in Calcutta,India.There,he works for an engineer,called Narendra Sen.Shortly,after a beautiful
Having just finished it, I'm still quite unsure of what I've just read. Mircea 's prose is soulful and reflective and written with a poignancy and sentimentality that transports me to the British Raj in Calcutta; where imperialism drips down to the very sheets you sex between. Mircea ingeniously captures the turmoil of a man disgusted by his own enrapture with everything he is told to be inferior. I am not convinced of the genuinity of his love for Ms Devi - cynicism prevails here I'm afraid; he ...more
This is the first book I have ever read twice and it was so much worth it! I first read it in my high school years as part of the Romanian literature curriculum and it was love at first page. I had heard that the female protagonist of the book, Maitreyi, wrote herself a novel as a response to Eliade’s Maitreyi and Bengal Nights.
Some years later I got hold of her novel (‘It Does Not Die: A Romance’) and I started reading it in parallel with ‘Maitreyi’. It is one of the rare instances in literatu
Nancy Freund
Wow. Much to consider, and as Alain says early in the novel of his love for Maitreyi, he can't describe it, because describing it will somehow corrupt it, (paraphrased here). I can't set the book down and talk about it yet. Must let it swirl around in my head a while first. But I'm so intrigued to imagine how this book is taught in Romanian high schools. Wonder if it still is today. And I wonder if its companion piece, written 40 years later from the POV of Maitreyi is also taught.
It doesn't se
Ella Link
I am definitely giving this book 5 stars. The style is soft, and yet sometimes cut-throat, just as we got used to find in Eliade's books. It is not classified as a tragedy, because the main character doesn't love, or sacrifice enough, for the love story to be called a tragedy.
He is an immutable egocentric, who from the beginning asks himself the question: "How can I be tied down into a marriage?! How can I lose my freedom??".
Thus, by the end of the book, even though one would think that he is
Ionut Tiu
Am crezut ca o tin minte din adolescenta, cand am citit-o prima data, dar nu mai tineam minte mare lucru in afara de faptul ca m-a marcat. Lucrul care m-a frapat acum a fost ca citind o carte, n-am putut niciodata sa plang cum plang la un film, indiferent cat de trista este cartea! Iar Maitreyi este pentru mine o carte trista, o iubire ideala. Aceasta carte o voi asocia mereu cu Adam si Eva si Cel mai iubit dintre pamanteni. Toate trei ocupa un loc special in sufletul meu.
Recomandata la orice va
stilul lui Mircea Eliade m-a lovit prin abundența sa în expresivitate și simțiri. numai pentru asta i-aş da 4 steluțe dar totuși am observat o anume exagerare care nu mi-a făcut o impresie prea bună. plus că Maitreyi pare a fi mult prea "înfundată" în propria ei lume. plus că au fost pasaje care nu m-au prins, unele lucruri au fost mai mult decât previzibile și intr-un final am ales un 3.5
Written simply, poetically and thoughtfully. An intriguing description of forbidden love, "man" vs. "woman," "Eastern" vs. "Western" ways, "fiction" vs. "nonfiction" and pretty much what makes us human and value being human. A surprisingly rich book made all the more intriguing now that I know there's another view of the "true" part of the story written by the woman 40 years later....
Ion Bargan
Romanul pornește de la jurnalul de memorii ale autorului în care Allan (Mircea) descoperă cultura și spiritalitatea indiană, lucrând la compania inginerului Narendra Sen din Calcutta în anii 30' ai secolului trecut.

Viața lui Allan se schimbă dramatic atunci când domnul Sen îl invită să locuiască în casa lui din Bhowanipore și astfel o întâlnește pe fiica sa, Maiytrei. Allan se îndrăgostește de Maitreyi, construind împreună o relație intensă, ținută secret față de restul familiei. Dar ce se poat
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Romanian-born historian of religion, fiction writer, philosopher, professor at the University of Chicago, and one of the pre-eminent interpreters of world religion in this century. Eliade was an intensely prolific author of fiction and non-fiction alike, publishing over 1,300 pieces over 60 years. He earned international fame with LE MYTHE DE L'ÉTERNAL RETOUR (1949, The Myth of the Eternal Return) ...more
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