By Mircea Eliade
Offered the hospitality of a senior Indian colleague, Alain grasps on the probability to find the actual India firsthand. He quickly unearths himself enchanted via his host's daughter, the beautiful and inscrutable Maitreyi, a precocious younger poet and previous scholar of Tagore. What follows is a captivating, tentative flirtation that quickly, opposed to the entire proprieties and precepts of Indian society, blossoms right into a love affair either very unlikely and finally tragic. This erotic ardour performs itself out in Alain's innovations lengthy after its sour end. In hindsight he units down the tale, quoting from the diaries of his disordered days, and attempting to make experience 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. straight away scary and deeply relocating, Eliade's tale repeats the styles of eu engagement with India while it exposes and condemns them. precious for the perception it deals into Eliade's lifestyles and inspiration, it's a paintings of serious highbrow and emotional strength.
"Bengal Nights is forceful and harshly poignant, written with a good love of India knowledgeable by way of clear-eyed knowing. yet don't open it should you wish to stay unmoved by means of your studying subject. it truly is sufficient to make stones weep.