Kamasutra

Paperback | April 26, 2009

byVatsyayana, MallanagaTranslated byWendy Doniger, Sudhir Kakar

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'When the wheel of sexual ecstasy is in full motion, there is no textbook at all, and no order.'The Kamasutra is the oldest extant Hindu textbook of erotic love. It is about the art of living - about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs - and also about the positions in sexual intercourse. It was composed inSanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century CE. It combines an encyclopaedic coverage of all imaginable aspects of sex with a closely observed sexual psychology and a dramatic, novelistic narrative of seduction, consummation, and disentanglement. Best known inEnglish through the highly mannered, padded, and inaccurate nineteenth-century translation of Sir Richard Burton, the text is presented here in an entirely new translation into clear, vivid, sexually frank English, together with three commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and mostfamous Sanskrit commentary (13th century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators.

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'When the wheel of sexual ecstasy is in full motion, there is no textbook at all, and no order.'The Kamasutra is the oldest extant Hindu textbook of erotic love. It is about the art of living - about finding a partner, maintaining power in a marriage, committing adultery, living as or with a courtesan, using drugs - and also about the...

Wendy Doniger has written a prize-winning on sexual deception, The Bedtrick (2000, Univ. of Chicago Press), and translated the Rig Veda and The Laws of Manu for Penguin. Sudhir Kakar is a psychoanalyst whose most recent books are The Ascetic of Desire (1999), a fictionalized account of the life of Vatsyayana, and the novel Ecstasy (20...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.55 inPublished:April 26, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199539162

ISBN - 13:9780199539161

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. The TextThe Text and its Author(s)The Genre of the KamasutraThe Science and Magic of NumbersThe Kamasutra as a Play in Seven ActsThe Genders of the KamasutraPsychology and Culture in the KamasutraII. The CommentariesYashodhara's JayamangalaDevadatta Shastri's JayaIII. Translations into European LanguagesBurton et al.Other TranslationsThe Present TranslationSexually Explicit VocabularyContemporary Pleasures of the TextA Note on PresentationKamasutraAppendix: Excerpts from Devadatta Shastri's CommentaryExplanatory NotesBibliographyGlossary and Index

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"This translation will change peoples' understanding of this book and of ancient India. Previous translations are hopelessly outdated, inadequate and misguided." --David Shulman, Prof. of Indian Studies and Comparative Religion at Hebrew University in Jerusalem, quoted in NY Times 4 May 2002