Sudhir Kakar | Books

Non Fiction (select image for details)

The Mind in the World: Collected Papers of Sudhir Kakar

4 Volumes (Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Religion, Biography)

In Press: Oxford University Press

Brotherhood is Now a Distant Aspiration: Essays on Gandhi

In Press: Oxford University Press.

Young Tagore: The Making of a Genius

Young Tagore is a first-of-its-kind psychobiography that deepens our understanding of Rabrinath Tagore, perhaps the greatest multifaceted genius India has produced in the last two hundred years. In this reconstruction of Tagore's childhood and youth, pre-eminent psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar draws a nuanced portrait of the young prodigy and the decisive expderiences that shaped him: the death of his mother when he was fourteen, the intimate bond he shared with his sister-in-law Kadambari and his sojourn in England. Through these Kakar uncovers the vital themes in young Rabi's inner world that shaped his creative genius: his yearning for solitude that was tempered by his fear of loneliness; his preoccupation with with spiritual concerns that enabled him to give voice to the sensualist within; and his abiding quest to find a balance between traditional Indian values and Western cosmopolitanism.


Kakar's scrutiny is intense as he pieces together this incredible puzzle, but the rigorous scholarship is finely balanced with deep empathy. In laying bare the inner workings of Tagore's brilliance, Kakar reveals the real man behind the towering genius.


Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2013.

Tamil translation, 2016.

German translation, Draupadi Verlag: Heidelberg, 2017.


Bengali translation(Kolkata: Thema, in Press)

A Book of Memory: Confessions and Reflections

An elegant meditation on memory and desire. His memoirs offer a fascinating account of his lifelong search for the wellsprings of Indian identity. Written with rare candour, A Book of Memory grapples with not only crises of identity and intellect, but also the ecstasies and vicissitudes of erotic pleasure and love, painting a sensuously detailed portrait of a life well lived.


(Penguin Viking, February, 2011)

German translation, Die Seele der Anderen (Munich: Beck, 2012.

Malayalam Translation,Ormmakalute Pushthakam (Kottayam : DC Books, 2014)


Mad and Divine: Spirit and Psyche in the Modern World

(Delhi:Penguin-Viking, 2008)

German translation, Freud Lesen in Goa: Spiritualitaet in einer aufgeklaerten Welt (Munich: C.H. Beck, 2008)

U.S. Edition (Chicago:University of Chicago Press, 2009)

French translation, Fou et Divin (Paris: Seuil, 2010)


The Indians

German translation, Die Inder: Portraet einer Gesellschaft (Munich: Beck verlag, 2006)

The Indians: Portrait of a People (with Katharina Kakar) (Delhi:Penguin-Viking, 2007).

French translation, Les Indiens (Paris: du Seuil, 2007)

Italian translation, Gli Indiani (Milan: Neri Pozza, 2007)

Hindi translation, Hum Hindustani (Delhi: Penguin 2009)

Malayalam translation, India Janatha - Oru Chayachitram (Kottayam : D.C. Books, 2012)

Spanish translation, La India (Barcelona: Kairos, 2012)

Culture & Psyche

Selected Essays, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996)

2nd Edition, 2008

U.S. Edition (New York: Psyche Press, 1997)

German edition (Glessen: Psychosozial Verlag, 2012)

Italian edition (Rome: Alpes Italia, 2017)

The Essential Writings of Sudhir Kakar

(Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2001)

The Inner World

A Psychoanalytic Study of Childhood and Society in India (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1978)

2nd Edition: 1981, 3rd Edition, 2008, Paperback: 1982, 16th Impression, 2004

French translation, Moksha: Le Monde Interieur (Paris: Les Belles Lettres, 1985)

German Translation, Kindheit und Gesellschaft in Indien (Frankfurt: Nexus Verlag, 2nd ed.Berlin: Stroemfeld, 2007)

Spanish Translation, El Mundo Interior (Mexico: Fondo de Cultura, 1987)

Italian translation, Infanzia e mondo interno dell’India (Milan: Vivarium, 2007)

Turkish translation Ic Dunya (Istanbul: Fauna, 2019)


Intimate Relations

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990

Indian Edition (Delhi: Viking, 1989)

Paperback (Penguin Books, 1991)

French Translation, Eros et Imagination en Inde (Paris: Des Femmes, 1990)

Marathi translation Hinduchaya Kamajivanatil Vairbhav (Pune: Raghuvanshi, 1992)

German translation, Intime Beziehungen (Munich: Verlag Waldsgut, 1994)

Italian Translation, Sesso e Amore in India (Parma: Pratiche Editrice, 1995)

Hindi translation (Delhi: Vani Prakashan, 2006)

Shamans, Mystics, And Doctors

A Psychological inquiry into India and its Healing Traditions. (New York: A. Knopf, 1982)

Indian Edition (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1982)

Paperback (Boston: Beacon Press, 1983 & Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991)

British Edition (London: Allen & Unwin, 1984)

Spanish Translation, Chamanes, Misticos y Doctores (Mexico:Fondo de Cultura, 1990)

Marathi translation, Aushadh, Utare, ani Aashirwad (Bombay: Majestic, 1993)

Italian translation, Sciamani, Mistici E Dottori (Parma: Pratiche Editrice, 1993). 2nd edition, 1995

French translation, Chamans, Mystiques et Medecins (Paris: du Seuil, 1997)

Hindi translation, Sadhu, Ojha, Sant (Delhi: Rajkamal Prakashan, 2005)

German Translation, Schamanen, Heilige und Aerzte (Munich: Biederstein Verlag, 1984; Beck Verlag 2006)


Turkish translation (Istanbul: Paradigma Yayiniari, in Press)​

Tales Of Love, Sex & Danger

(with J.Ross), (Delhi: Oxford University Press,1986), 2nd edition, 2011.

German translation, Ueber die Liebe (Munich:Beck Verlag, 1986)

British Edition (London: Unwin Hyman, 1987)

French translation, Les Pieges de l’amour erotique (Paris: PUF, 1987)

U.S.Edition (New York: Blackwell, 1988)

Italian Translation, Amore, Passione, Dolore (Como: Lyra Libri, 1991)


Identity and Adulthood

Editor and contributor, with an introduction, (Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1980).

3rd Impression, 1998

The Colours Of Violence

Indian Edition (Delhi: Viking, 1995)

Cultural Identities, Religion and Conflict, (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996)

German translation, Die Gewalt der Frommen (Munich: Beck Verlag, 1997)


La Folle et la Saint (with C.Clement)

(Paris: du Seuil, 1993)

German translation Der Heilige und die Verrueckte (Munich: Beck Verlag, 1993)

Portugese translation A Louca e o Santo (Rio de Janeiro: Relume Dumara, 1997)

Italian translation, La Folle e il Santo (Rome: Corbaccio, 1998)

The Indian Psyche

(Delhi: Oxford University Press, 1996), (Delhi: Viking, 1996)

The Analyst and the Mystic

Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992
Indian Edition (Delhi: Penguin-Viking, 1991)

Conflict and Choice

Indian Youth in a Changing Society

(with Kamla Cowdhry), (Bombay: Somaiya, 1971)

Fredrick Taylor

A Study in Personality and Innovation, (Cambridge: MIT Press, 1970)

Kindle Edition, (Livionics Publishing, 2019)

Understanding Organizational Behaviour

Editor (with Kamla Chowdhry), Delhi: Tata-McGraw Hill, 1970

Fiction (select image for details & reviews)

The Kipling File

Penguin, August 2018

Delhi: Hamish Hamilton, 2018

Shortlisted for Valley of Words Award for Fiction, 2019

The Devil Take Love

(Penguin: 2015)

The Crimson Throne

Shortlisted for the 2010 Vodaphone Crossword award for fiction (Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2010)

Italian translation (Milan: Neri Pozza, 2011)


The Ascetic of Desire

A Novel (Delhi: Viking, 1998)

Hindi translation Kamayogi (Delhi: Rajkamal, 1999)

German Translation Kamasutra oder die Kunst des Begehrens (Munich: Beck Verlag, 1999)

U.S. edition (New York: Overlook Press, 2000)

Brazilian edition O Asceta do Desejo (Rio de Janeiro: Companhia das Letras, 2000)

Italian translation l’Ascesi del desiderio (Milan: Neri Pozza, 2000)

French translation L’ascete du Desir (Paris: du Seuil, 2001)

Hungarian translation (Budapest: Ulpius-haz, 2001)

Portugese edition O Asceta do Desejo (Lisabon: Edition Temas y Debates, year 2002)

Rumanian translation, Ascetul Dorunta (Bucharest: Editura Trei, 2007 )

Kamyogi (Thrissur: Greenbooks, 2014)

Spanish translation (Barcelona: Plaza y Janes, in Press)

Gujarati translation (Ahmedabad: Image Publishing, in Press)


Mira And The Mahatma 

(Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2004)

Hindi translation Mira aur Mahatma (Delhi: Rajkamal, 2005)

Italian translation Mira e il Mahatma (Milan: Neri Pozza, 2005)

Indonesian translation Gandhi Cintaku (Bandung: Mizan Pustaka, 2005)

Portugese translation, Mira e o Mahatma (Rio de Janeiro: Relume, 2005)

German translation Die Frau, die Gandhi liebte (Munich: Beck Verlag, 2005)

Korean translation (Seoul: Moonhak Soochup, 2006)

French translation Mira et le Mahatma (Paris: du Seuil, 2006)

Spanish translation, Mira y el Mahatma (Barcelona: Circe, 2006)

Marathi translation Meera ani Mahatma (Pune: Rajhans Prakashan,2007)

Malyalam translation Meerayum Mahatmvum (Kottayam: DC Books, 2008)

Turkish translation Gandi ve Mira (Istanbul: Kaknus, 2010)


A Novel (Delhi: Viking-Penguin, 2001)

German translation Der Mystiker oder die Kunst der Ekstase (Munich: Beck Verlag, 2001)

U.S. edition, (New York: Overlook Press, 2002)

Hindi translation Anandvarsha, (Delhi: Rajkamal, 2002)

Serbian translation Ekstaza (Belgrade: Stylos,2003)

Italian translation Estasi (Milan: Neri Pozza, 2004)

French translation Au Nom de l’Extase (Paris: du Seuil,2005)

Russian translation (Moscow: Sophia, in Press)


Indian Love Stories

Editor, (Delhi: Roli Books, 1999)

German translation Liebe aus Indien (Munich: Beck Verlag, 2006)

Italian translation (Milan: Neri Pozza, in Press 2007)

Editor (selected books)

Identity and Adulthood
Dreams and Dreaming
Seriously Strange: Thinking psychic phenomena anew
Death and Dying
On Creativity

Imaginations of Death and Afterlife in India and Europe

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