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The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love

A.N.D. Haksar (Translator) Penguin Classics

The god Shiva is utterly seduced by Mohini, the enchanting female form assumed by the god Vishnu during the churning of the ocean for nectar. A barber employs wit and wile and rumours of witchcraft to win his wife back from the lustful attentions of their king. The celestial nymph Urvashi curses the Pandava prince Arjuna when he rejects her sexual advances. A woman caught in adultery befools her elders with a religious ritual. A man with a disagreeable missing wife insists nevertheless that she be recovered by his ruler who has a similar problem.

Refined, colloquial, romantic, cynical, satirical by turns, these stories of erotic love, elegantly translated from the Sanskrit classics, make a sustained argument for the secular ends of life-of desire tempered with discrimination and pleasure with restraint.

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Title The Seduction of Shiva: Tales of Life and Love
Author A.N.D. Haksar
Format Softcover
Date published: 27.08.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780143415404
length xix+232p., 20cm.