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 in Sanskrit, 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 in English 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 most famous 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 positions in sexual intercourse. It was composed in Sans...

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 (2001). She is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religio...

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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

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Table of Contents

Introduction I. The Text The Text and its Author(s) The Genre of the Kamasutra The Science and Magic of Numbers The Kamasutra as a Play in Seven Acts The Genders of the Kamasutra Psychology and Culture in the Kamasutra II. The Commentaries Yashodhara's Jayamangala Devadatta Shastri's Jaya III. Translations into European Languages Burton et al. Other Translations The Present Translation Sexually Explicit Vocabulary Contemporary Pleasures of the Text A Note on Presentation Kamasutra Appendix: Excerpts from Devadatta Shastri's Commentary Explanatory Notes Bibliography Glossary and Index