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

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Kama Sutra: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) 

Paperback – Deckle Edge, January 31, 2012

Offers a modern translation of the account of human desire, instructing readers on sexual union, erogenous zones, proper courtship techniques, and dealing with courtesans.

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.

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  • Series: Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Deluxe edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143106597
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143106593
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces