Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra

(Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition)

Illustrator: Malika Favre
Translator: A. N. D. Haksar

Additional Formats
  • Ebook
  • ISBN 9781101651070
  • 240 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult


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 sixty-five years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,500 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.
Kama Sutra

Kama Sutra

Vatsyayana, Illustrator: Malika Favre, Translator: A. N. D. Haksar


"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


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