Kamasutra

Kamasutra

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by Mallanaga Vatsyayana
     
 

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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

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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. ABOUT THE SERIES: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, helpful notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

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From the Publisher
"A radically different view of the famous sex manual."—The New York Times

"With its aphoristic advice on attracting, satisfying, keeping and shedding a partner, the book is often more 'Sex in the City' than sex manual."—Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

"A fresh translation of the Kamasutra, gloriously rendered by Wendy Doniger and Sudhir Kakar. Put Doniger, one of the University of Chicago's top historians of religion, and Kakar, India's leading psychoanalyst of sex, together and you've got the kind of moxie and revisionist energy that lead some to try 'splitting the bamboo.' In a highly entertaining and learned 57-page introduction packed with crisp insights and droll asides, they put the Kamasutra in historical context, outline its numerological conceits, and clarify its gender ambiguities. Thanks to two nervy scholars, we now have a Kamasutra in which everyone's on top."—Philadelphia Inquirer

"Not just for scholars or Casanovas, the KamaSutra is a literary classic for everyone (over age 18), and this translation is the very best in print."—Michael Pastore, Epublishers Weekly

"If you're a serious student of sex, or of India, or if you and your honey want to read each other a different kind of pillow book, the new translation is fascinating, thought-provoking and occasionally even amusing."—Michael Castleman, salon.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191001840
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
03/21/2002
Series:
Oxford World's Classics Series
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Sales rank:
751,164
File size:
18 MB
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Meet the Author

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).

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The Kama Sutra 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must for anyone interested in exploring their sexuality. I highly recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good to the socity for having healthy sex . It caries great values for the proper sexual contact. Great book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I believed this one to be a guide with pictures and the names of each position but it's more just a walk through of sexuality.
tomensnaben More than 1 year ago
The book looks like they printed and bound a post from a 90s Usenet group. The entire book is just plain, unformatted text, even going as far as using underscores beside text instead of italics. There is no change in font or size in any of the text, even for chapter headings, which are not even given page breaks. I would comment on the lack of a table of contents, but even if it had one, it would be useless, since the pages are unnumbered. Particularly for a public domain work like this, there is no reason to settle for something this poorly made.
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