Kamasutra

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The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. 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, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each.

The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, ...

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Overview

The Kamasutra is the oldest extant textbook of erotic love. But it is more than a book about sex. 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, of course, about the many and varied positions available to lovers in sexual intercourse and the pleasures to be derived from each.

The Kamasutra was composed in Sanskrit, the literary language of ancient India, sometime in the third century, probably in North India. It combines an encyclopedic 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 by Sir Richard Burton, the text is newly translated here into clear, vivid, sexually frank English. This edition also includes a section of vivid Indian color illustrations along with three uniquely important commentaries: translated excerpts from the earliest and most famous Sanskrit commentary (thirteenth century) and from a twentieth-century Hindi commentary, and explanatory notes by the two translators.

The lively and entertaining introduction by translator Wendy Doniger, one of the world's foremost Sanskrit scholars, discusses the history of The Kamasutra and its reception in India and Europe, analyses its attitudes toward gender and sexual violence, and sets it in the context of ancient Indian social theory, scientific method, and sexual ethics.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199539161
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/15/2009
  • Series: Oxford World's Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 430,856
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Doniger is Mircea Eliade Distinguished Service Professor of the History of Religions, University of Chicago. She is the author of The Bedtrick: Tales of Sex and Masquerade and Siva, The Erotic Ascetic. Sudhir Kakar is Senior Fellow at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard University. He is the author of Shamans, Mystics and Doctors: A Psychological Inquiry into India and Its Healing Traditions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2011

    I was mistaken

    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.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2011

    cool book

    this book is classic

    4 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2011

    Fantastic book.

    This book is a must for anyone interested in exploring their sexuality. I highly recommend!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    Total snooze

    I was looking for a book to help spice up my sex life not a text book on where and when sex was invented. Waste of money...not for the visual learners...not even for the readers...more like the nerds who will never have sex...sorry to all those who liked this book...not even a "snorgasm"

    2 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    Valuable book

    Good to the socity for having healthy sex . It caries great values for the proper sexual contact. Great book!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Hot as hell!

    200 dollars well spent. Me and my wife Martha are revitalized after 25 years of marriage. After 50 I didnt even think we'd ever have sex agian.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Negative

    Very boring

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    DONT WASTE MONEY!!!!!!

    This is a piece of crap

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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