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The Kamasutra was written in northern India in the third century AD, when erotic culture lay at the heart of an exquisite civilization.
The Book of Love is a unique portrait of this sensuous era, evoking the world of the pleasure-seeking men - and women - for whom the book was written. James McConnachie shows that the Kamasutra was always much more than a sex manual: it was a passionate portrayal of an ideal lifestyle that was, even then, under threat from the moralists.
He also demonstrates how the outrageous Victorian explorer Richard Burton, with the help of a clandestine coterie of sexual experimenters and iconoclasts, then unleashed this extraordinary volume on English society in an attempt to start a revolution.
And how the Kamasutra was driven underground into the hands of pirate pornographers, before being thrust once more into the daylight, in the wake of the publication of Lady Chatterley's Lover.
The Book of Love tells the story of the life of a work, of how something as fragile as an idea and a way of seeing the world can be cradled between hard covers - and survive.
About the Author
James McConnachie graduated from the University of Oxford in 1996. He is a journalist, travel writer and broadcaster. He has lived and travelled widely in India and Nepal.
"McConnachie's treatment of the rediscovery and reentry of Vatsyayana's erotic "bible" into India seems incomplete, but perhaps that subject would fill another volume by itself. Thorough textual genealogy offering the delights of a page-turner." - Kirkus Reviews
"A beautifully written exploration of the Kamasutra's third-century Indian world and how profoundly its nineteenth-century `discovery' has affected our own." - Lucy Moore
"Scholarly, stylish and entertaining." - Christopher Hart, Sunday Times
The Wheel of Sexual Ecstasy
Pleasure in the Passions
The Hindoo Art of Love
Rending the Veil
A Doubtful Book in Old Age
Note on Sanskrit Spelling and Pronunciation
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ISBN: 9781843543732 ISBN-10: 1843543737 Audience:
For Ages: 18+ years old Format:
Number Of Pages: 267 Published: 9th August 2007 Publisher: Atlantic Books Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 16.3
Weight (kg): 0.566
Edition Number: 1