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Academic Tour De Farce

The Kamasutra, Lolita and a nutty professor provide highbrow comedy

Academic Tour De Farce
Academic Tour De Farce
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This is ostensibly the posthumous presentation by a plodding graduate student, Anang Saighal, of an imaginative "translation" of Vatsyayana's Kamasutra by his late Professor Leopold Roth, along with a "commentary" thereon that consists mostly of Roth's imaginative and often, alas, imaginary erotic life. It sounds distinctly unpromising. It is in fact wildly, brilliantly, outrageously funny.

Lee Siegel is a professor of Indian religions at the University of Hawaii. He is the author of several serious academic works, a Sanskritist and an Indologist of repute. He should know better - and does! That is what makes Love in a Dead Language such a deliciously wicked performance. Love was first published in the US in 1999 to a chorus of critical acclaim. Siegel had the critics scrambling for superlatives, vying to describe the coruscating and multi-dimensional narrative wit that makes Love simultaneously a heart-stopping satire of academia, a farce about cultural cross-fertilisation and miscegenation, a tragic meditation on life and love and, reflexively, on the untrustworthy...

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