Kama Sutra: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) (Paperback)

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By Vatsyayana, A. N. D. Haksar (Translated by), Malika Favre (Illustrator)

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As a bookseller of almost 10 years, I have noticed that most people are reluctant to purchase a book about sex. I know you are looking, because I find them tucked in the most unlikely places, and on occasion, they are just plain "missing." People, don't be afraid. Look at this beautiful new Penguin edition of The Kama Sutra...yes, The Kama Sutra, you know, the one that has all those poses that look like you have to be an Olympic gymnast to pull off. In this edition you'll have to let your imagination run wild, as the text does not contain illustrations. The cover, however, has the most delightful Art Deco-esque images reminiscent of erotic alphabet poses. (Give me an "A"!) Now that you've cracked the cover, you will see that the book contains words of wisdom that still ring true 2,000 years later. You'd think we'd learn, but apparently not, as it is still in print. True, some of the text is dated and not pertinent, but you must sift through to find the lingering gems:

If there are several suitors,
all with similar merits,
she (he) should then select the one
with the most loving nature.

Sounds so simple and logical doesn't it? So then, let's do it. Buy this book, find what rings true, limber up, and go for it! -- Cheryl Ryan

— From June 2012


A gorgeous deluxe edition of the world's most celebrated guide to life, love, relationships and pleasure

Little is known about Vatsyayana, who is reputed to have composed the Kama Sutra "while observing a celibate's life in full meditation." In Sanskrit the word "kama" means desire, especially for sensual pleasure, and its proper pursuit was considered an essential part of a young, urbane gentleman's well-rounded education.

Untold numbers of readers are curious about the Kama Sutra but put off by its clichéd image as an erotic Oriental curiosity. This elegant edition offers a compelling modern translation of a classic Indian masterpiece-and a wry and entertaining account of human desire and foibles.

For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.

About the Author

Vatsyayana's given name was Mallanaga and he was most likely from the Madhya Desha, once India's cultural heartland. He lives sometime between the first and third centuries.

A.N.D. Haksar
is a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics, many of which have been published by Penguin Classics.

Malika Favre
is a French graphic designer and illustrator based in London.

Praise For…

"This clear and elegant new translation is the work of A. N. D. Haksar, a former Indian diplomat and a well-known translator of Sanskrit classics. It’s worth attending to, and not merely because Valentine’s Day is nearly here, and your partner might find this sleek new Penguin Classics edition an intellectual aphrodisiac, though it contains no erotic illustrations, except several sublime ones on its cover. (For a certain audience, all Penguin Classics are trance-inducing objects of lust.)" — Dwight Garner, The New York Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143106593
ISBN-10: 0143106597
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: January 31st, 2012
Pages: 240
Language: English
Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition