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Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery rolled into one. Enticing the reader to follow both victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage of folly and lust-through movie posters, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and even a proposed CD-ROM, Love in a Dead Language exposes the complicities between the carnal and the intellectual, the erotic and the exotic and, in the end, is an outrageous operatic portrayal of romantic love.

"Rare is the book that makes one stop and wonder: Is this a literary masterpiece or do I need my head examined? But such is the alternately awe-inspiring and goofy thrall cast by Lee Siegel's Love in a Dead Language. . . . His work stands out as a book that is not simply a novel but its own genus of rollicking, narrative scholarship . . . it is just the cerebral aphrodisiac we need." —Carol Lloyd, Salon

"Immensely clever and libidinously hilarious. . . . [T]he most astonishing thing about Love in a Dead Language is its ingenious construction. Insofar as any printed volume can lay claim to being a multimedia work, this book earns that distinction." —Paul di Filippo, Washington Post Book World

"Now along comes Lee Siegel, who mixes a bit of Borges with some Nabokov and then adds an erotic gloss from the Kama Sutra to write Love in a Dead Language, a witty, bawdy, language-rich farce of academic life. . . . Whether it is post-modern or not, Love in a Dead Language is pulled off with such unhinged élan by Mr. Siegel that it is also plain good fun, a clever, literate satire in which almost everything is both travestied and, strangely, loved by its author." —Richard Bernstein, The New York Times

"Love in a Dead Language deserves space on the short, high shelf of literary wonders." —Tom LeClair, New York Times Book Review

1999 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Synopsis:

This translation of an Indian sex manual includes an erotic farce and a murder mystery, enticing the reader to follow both victims and celebrants of romantic love on the voyage of folly and lust through movie posters, upside down pages, and other illustrations.

Synopsis:

1999 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery. Follow numerous victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage-through movie posters, undergraduate essays, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and a proposed CD-ROM, to name just a few of the enticements-of folly and lust. Love in a Dead Language exposes the complicities between the carnal and the intellectual, the erotic and the exotic, the false and the true. It is as raunchy as it is erudite, as hilarious as it is poignant, and as entertaining as it is profound.

About the Author

Lee Siegel is a professor of Indian religions at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of five books, including Net of Magic: Wonders and Deceptions in India and City of Dreadful Night: A Tale of Horror and the Macabre in India, both published by the University of Chicago Press.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Anang Saighal

I. Prolegomenon

A. Abstract and Epitome

B. Ideals and Fulfillment

C. Subjects and Objects

D. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous

E. Paramours and Comrades

II. Fucking

A. Mix and Match

B. Squeeze and Squirm

C. Kiss and Tell

D-E. Tooth and Nail

F. Poses and Postures

G. Spanking and Moaning

H. Topsy-turvy and Vice Versa

I. The Oral Tradition

J. Alpha and Omega

III. Seduction

A. The Pick

B. The Trust

C. The Come-on

D. The Move

E. The Kill

IV. Wives and Mistresses

A. The Older Wife

B. The Younger Mistress

V-VI. Whores and Adulterers

A. The Stages of Love (Intentio Amatoris)

B. The Kamasutra (Intentio Auctoris)

C. Love in a Dead Language (Intentio Lectoris)

VII. Esoterica Erotica

A. Failure and Success

B. Secrets and Solutions

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226756998
Author:
Siegel, Lee
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Subject:
Erotica
Subject:
Ficiton
Subject:
Erotic stories
Subject:
Erotica - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
20001031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
40 line drawings
Pages:
408
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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1999 New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year

Love in a Dead Language is a love story, a translation of an Indian sex manual, an erotic farce, and a murder mystery. Follow numerous victims and celebrants of romantic love on their hypertextual voyage-through movie posters, undergraduate essays, upside-down pages, the Kamasutra: Game of Love board game, and a proposed CD-ROM, to name just a few of the enticements-of folly and lust. Love in a Dead Language exposes the complicities between the carnal and the intellectual, the erotic and the exotic, the false and the true. It is as raunchy as it is erudite, as hilarious as it is poignant, and as entertaining as it is profound.

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