Kama Sutra: A Guide to the Art of Pleasure (Used)


Author: Vatsyayana
Translated by A.N.D. Haksar

9780143426493 | PB | pp. 240 | 2011 | Penguin Random House India | Used

Kama Sutra is an ancient text, originally in Sanskrit, covering all aspects of love and relationships. A pithy description on human desires and foibles.

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Treating pleasure as an art, Kama Sutra is a handbook covering every aspect of love and relationships. Its seven sections are devoted to everything from social life to detailed instruction on sexual techniques. This beautiful new edition dispels the well-worn image of an erotic Oriental curiosity, highlighting the work’s historical importance as a sophisticated guide to living well. Conveying all the original flavour and feel of this elegant, intimate and hugely enjoyable work, this clear, accurate translation is a masterpiece of pithy description and a wry account of human desires and foibles.


Translator: A.N.D. Haksar







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About the Author

The author lived in India nearly 2000 years ago; nothing is known about him except that he authored Kama Sutra.

The translator is well-known for his translations of Sanskrit classics. Educated at the universities of Allahabad and Oxford, he was for many years a career diplomat, serving as the Indian high commissioner in Kenya and the Seychelles, minister in the United States and ambassador to Portugal and Yugoslavia. His translations from the Sanskrit include The Shattered Thigh and Other Plays, Tales of the Ten Princes, Hitopadesa, Simhasana Dvatrimsika, Subhashitavali, Three Satires from Ancient Kashmir, The Courtesan’s Keeper, Raghuvamsam and The Seduction of Shiva. He has also compiled A Treasury of Sanskrit Poetry, recently translated into Arabic as Khazana al-Shair al-Sanskriti.


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