The Devil Take Love
In the most powerful city of the ancient world, the temple for the god of desire, Kama, towers over the...
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- Author Sudhir Kakar
- Publisher Penguin Random House
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In the most powerful city of the ancient world, the temple for the god of desire, Kama, towers over the temple of his destroyer, the lord of Time, Shiva. A cult of pleasure is sweeping through the land. Under the shadow of certain punishment by death, a great poet reflects on the journey of his life and the ceaseless conflict between morality and desire.
A young man from a provincial town, Jalandhar, arrives in the magnificent city of Ujjayini. His astonishing brilliance as a poet is recognized immediately. The formidable young king of Avanti becomes the poets chief patron. This is the story of Bhartrihari, the greatest Sanskrit poet of love.
The poets fame grows at fabulous
speed, his success is effortless. But the journey of his self is not as
smooth - he fluctuates between sexual passion and erotic
disenchantment, the appeal of the senses in war with the call of the
spirit. With acute insight and sinuous elegance, Sudhir Kakars best
novel yet, The Devil Take Love, presents in lush detail of life in
seventh-century cosmopolitan India, while inhabiting the true depths of a
poets mind and superbly evoking his distinctive voice - impassioned,
sardonic, dismayed, pensive.
About the Author
Sudhir Kakar is a distinguished psychoanalyst and writer. He has written seventeen highly acclaimed books of nonfiction, which include, among others, The Inner World (now in its sixteenth printing since its first publication in 1978), Shamans, Mystics and Doctors, Intimate Relations, The Colours of Violence and, most recently, Young Tagore - The Makings of a Genius. He has written four novels and his books have been translated into twenty-one languages around the world. Kakar has taught at leading institutions around the world and has won numerous accolades for his work. In February 2012, he was conferred the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany, the countrys highest civilian honour.
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