Venus in Furs

Sacher-Masoch, Leopold (Book - 2000)
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'You're aroused my most cherished fantasy . . . to be the slave of a woman, a beautiful woman, whom I love, whom I worship-!'A shocking exploration of masochism, narcissism, and sexual power, Venus in Furs brought instant notoriety to its author for its unprecedented portrayal of a man who passionately makes himself the slave of the woman he loves. Sacher-Masoch freely mixes philosophy and pornography with the story of Severin von Kusiemski, a European nobleman who finds his ideal of voluptuous cruelty under the tutelage of the merciless beauty Wanda von Dunajew.More than a lurid tale of sexual obsession and perversion, Venus in Furs is a daring successor to the writings of the Marquis de Sade. Pioneering in its revelations about the pain of love and the love of pain, Sacher-Masoch's masterpiece remains a classic literary statement on sexual submission and control.
Authors: Sacher-Masoch, Leopold, Ritter von, 1835-1895
Uniform Title: Venus im Pelz. English
Title: Venus in furs
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2000
Characteristics: xxx, 126 p. ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Leopold von Sacher-Masoch ; translated by Joachim Neugroschel ; with an introduction by Larry Wolff and notes by Joachim Neugroschel
Additional Contributors: Neugroschel, Joachim
ISBN: 9780140447811
Branch Call Number: FICTION SACHERMAS 2000
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. xxix-xxx)
Subject Headings: Erotic literature, French Fiction Masochism Fiction
Topical Term: Erotic literature, French
LCCN: 99055346
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Dec 24, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Pleasure alone makes existence worthwhile." Man those Europeans can be some kinky mofos. This 19th century novel is about a dude who pledges himself to the title character and lets himself be subjected to bondage, whipping and boot licking. . .And he likes it! The word "masochism" comes from the author's last name and The Velvet Underground wrote a song called "Venus in Furs." I don't know if Iggy Pop was familiar with it, but at one point the protagonist Severin says "I want to be your dog!" Come on! Yeah, some sexy, perverse stuff from across the pond.


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