Writer: Pamela Druckerman
Title: Lust in Translation
Subtitle:The Rules of Infidelity from Tokyo to Tennessee
Place of Publication: New York
Publisher: The Penguin Press
Year of Publication: 2007
Pages: 291; Bibliography, 283
Illustrations: one black and white of the writer on the back flap by Dietlind Lerner
Cover design: Darren Haggar
Cover Photograph: Lisa Metzger/Workbook Stock/Jupiterimages
Binding: Boards in duotone dust jacket
Original Price: USD 24.95 / CAD 31.00
Entry No.: 2013017
Entry Date: 29th May 2013
An irreverent and hilarious journey around the world to examine how and why people cheat on their spouses, this global look at infidelity reveals that Americans are uniquely mixed up about being faithful.
It's an adulterous world out there, Russian husbands nand wives don't believe that beach-resort flings violate their marital laws. Japanese businessmen, armed with the aphorism “If you pay, it's not cheating,” flock to sex clubs, where the extramarital services include “getting oral sex without showering first”. South Africans may be masters of creative accounting: Pollsters there had to create separate categories for men who cheat and men who cheat only while drunk.
In America, however, there is never a free pass when it comes to infidelity. According to oour national moral compass, cheating is abominable no matter what the circumstances. But do we actually behave differently than everyone else? Pamela Druckerman, a former foreign correspondent for Wall Street Journal, decided to delve into this taboo topic. She interviews peopel all over the world, from retirees in South Florida to Muslim polygamists in Indonesia; from Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn to the men who keep tier mistresses in a “concubine village” outside Hong Kong. Druckerman talks to psychologists, sex researchers, marriage counselors, and, most of all, cheaters and the people they've cheated on, and concludes that Americans are the least adept at having affairs, have the most trouble enjoying them, and suffer the most in their aftermath.
Lust in Translation is a voyeuristic, statistics-packed, sometimes shocking, often hysterical glimpse into the endlessly intriguing world of extramarital sex. It may be politically incorrect to say so, but who knew infidelity could be this fascinating?